Is the planet enslaved already?

None of us chose to be born on this planet, we all just kinda showed up here… as humans.. the most dominate or cancerous thing on this earth. So why is it, we allow other stupid humans to tell us what to do, where to go, what to buy, what to eat, where to live, and all the fucking rules and laws that apply to what I just mentioned? We are all humans, and frankly, even after traveling a good part of the world, NONE of us are FREE.

I just came from the border. I had to walk 200 meters to pay a $7 exit tax that required me to actually pay $10.
Kids coming up to me looking for a $1 and feeling so lucky when I give them one, meanwhile I got a friend worth 10 million, and he is struggling to pay the bills… and for a guy who is worth 10 million, he lives pretty modestly, but the way society has him trained, being born on “good soil” with a “good education” has brought his life to a worrisome hell.

Why? For what? The more I shut off the outside influences of “control me”, the more I go inside me and see the that real world around me, is not what the grown ups taught me in school.

The one thing I can say positive about growing up and learning was the words written on my cafeteria wall. “You are what you eat”. Not only true in food, but also life, you are what you consume, You are not your job, or how much money you have in the bank. You are what you consume, and so far we have been forced to consume a lot of shit!

Prisoner on my own planet
the Matrix

Is this really happening America?

Spraying over Michigan 2014? Chemical Trails or what?

Spraying over Michigan 2014? Chemical Trails or what?

Is this really happening in America?

Americans get all pissed off when someone does not use their blinker, but when “13 planes fly over a town and leave a chemical trail in the sky”… they do nothing.

Im guessing the shit they “spray in the sky”, is what’s causing you to be “so angry” about a silly blinker, or causing you to “forget” to use it, so those around you can loose it, or a.k.a. get angry.

3 buildings falling down, 2 planes.
A hole in the pentagon… no plane but they convinced you that there was.
Movie theatre shootings that still make no sense, along with a bombing in boston
Another shooting in a school where protocol was thrown out the window,
Youtube interviews of victims laughing about something, then “fake” crying about a loss of a daughter, that from the looks of it, never existed.
Wars being funded by “one party”, while we spend millions to train our SEALs, then send 22 of them to their deaths in another party.
History has been fabricated
Birth Certificates are traded on the stock exchange
Billions of dollars are missing, yet we still pay our taxes.
Americans have to pay for a health care that if they don’t sign up, will have to pay a fine, when they pay taxes.

But wait, Beyonce released a video for every one of her latest songs, and the Final 4 is on… So…. F* off, and hand me a Miller Lite so I can wash these anxiety pills down, and get back to my basketball. Even though there are beer commercials and anxiety medication commercials during the same commercial break while I am trying to watch basketball.

Really though???

The Matrix

Be Kind, Sometimes You Cannot Rewind

Big drops at the river mouth

More Words of Advice…. By Delux.

” Be kind, because sometimes you cannot rewind”

When saying hi to friends, actually say Hello, then talk your shit. When you talk shit with out saying hello, you tend to get ignored, or positive thoughts get replaced with smart ass comments like this one… ” Thanks for your advice. I will be sure to let it go in one ear and out the other to save room for more stupid shit you gotta say”. … silly lady.

I was out in a far away line up today where a guy was pushing his kid into just about every wave snaking everyone at the peek. I was still catching waves and letting the surfers have a bunch. Fully in control of my board, dropping in on big faced waves yet again. I was told paddle boarding was dangerous by a local friend, who just paddled out after I was there all day yesterday and an hour today already, from another break who snakes everyone ALL THE TIME… and causes what she called “Dangerous”. Not even saying hello, as I am filming her, waving and saying hello to her, she just starts saying I’m dangerous and don’t drop in on her. Who is the dangerous one??? Me because I am on a SUP, or the dad, for pushing his kid into someone’s way when they are already on the wave? Or you for dropping in on me and others, more then a dozen times that I can remember at OUR home break? The only smart one in the bunch was the kid. The 10 year old saw what I was doing when his dad pushed him into the wave, and then he saw me give him the wave and turn my camera back on him to get him in a huge wave for a little guy. The Dad was mad at me for taking my own wave the wave before this one, but then said he was sorry because his kid explained he got pushed into a wave I was already in. Both the kid and the dad were amazing. I saw a beautiful bond between a father and his child and here a lil smiling free spirited 10 year old was getting rides of his life, at the expense of all the other surfers, who could paddle on their own… but with kid paddling and dad right behind him paddling, then pushing the kid past everyone else next to the peek, the kid dominated out there, and it was beautiful to watch. I wasn’t smart because I was too busy coming up with smart ass comments to unleash on her silly comments, and her quickness to past judgement when she has NEVER seen me on my paddle board. I should have just smiled and referred to my own advice at the top of the article, been silent, and smiled.

Part 2: of my advice…

Adults, stop being so f*ing silly around your kids, or other peoples kids. They pick up on your stupidity, meanness, slander, racism, Outlook on life, and depending on how long you have been in their life, their attitude in general to allow willingness to change and grow into their own human being, vs. I wanna be cool like my mom or dad, or their friends. I have a photo of this kid and his dad hugging each other in the lineup. That what surfing is about. The love of getting waves… for EVERYONE.

Body surfers disliked the boogie boarders, because they got in the way with their dangerous plank.
Long boards came and introduced surfing to humanity.
The boards got shorter and so did peoples respect for ALL people who love the water and the waves that line OUR beautiful beaches.
Now, short boarders dislike long boarders because they take more waves easier and deeper, they still dislike boogie boarders all around, and if your caught out in the line up without a board… bodysurfers… you better have a camera, because you will be looked at funny, and ran over several times no doubt with out it. And holy shit, if you have a paddle in your hand and your board is shorter then most long boards, but wider and longer then their short board, and your already standing on your board overseeing what is coming at you, well, cheese and rice, you need to get out of the water!!!! Leave, because I own this beach, is how most surfers react. It is sad, but it may stem from the fact that they can’t do it, they are jealous because they do not understand something, or mad or whatever. It’s our planet, were here to share it. As my homie once said, “it’s play time out here for all of us, stop acting like such a kid”.

Pura Vida

Be kind, because sometimes you cannot rewind.

My words of advise

Yes Cocaine is good and cheap in Costa Rica, but if you want to stay down here and actually try to pull off being an extended traveler, you have to kick some of your bad habits. I met a 23 year old kid who called himself a hippy. I tell him he is not a hippy, even though he is walking around barefoot with his shirt open, long hair in a ponytail and a scruff on his pimpled up smily face. Great, you have a lot of stories kid about your dad, but really your just a dirty guy I tell him. Hippies died out in the 70′s. I spent almost 6 years traveling in a painted RV selling art, barefoot. Playing music, barefoot, and I was not a hippy. I did all that love everyone peace shit, even when they are an asshole, and then they showed me the world we live in. It’s cool to live in that peace love world, but we are not there yet as a whole, so right now I need you to come back to reality so we can win this battle together…. But he is all coked up… I asked him if he was on drugs and he said no. I asked if he did coke and he said no. I asked again because I knew he had, and he still says no. I tell him to get the fuck out of my face then and come back when he has enough respect to look me in the eyes and tell the truth vs. lie to me, to my face. Has social media ruined people that much that they can just look at you and lie like no problem, even when you present to them that you know the truth? After that, he said the truth and yes he had just done a line of cocaine. He keeps talking, I keep listening. I have mentored a lot of people. From the young kids in my neighborhood growing up, receiving multiple leadership awards in the military, to adults who run corporations around the world, I have been put into situations to change peoples perspective, and had to deal with all sorts of resistance. But nothing compares to a guy on coke. My advise to anyone who wants to listen, get off the processed drugs, they will only ruin your dreams, your goals, and your opportunity to make great friends. Im sorry I choked you. I should have hit your head against the wall to knock some sense into you, because you need it. I remember I got choked one time and it left a lasting impression for the good. For the best actually and I am super grateful it happened to me. Choking is never the solution. I remember I was the one telling you to never put your hands on a man you do not know, after he ran up and grabbed both my ass cheeks while I was Djing, like we were gay lovers, or buddies or something. I guess this was my karma coming back at him. Did he learn to shut up? Probably not, is he going to stop doing coke? probably not. Is he going to continue to womanize women and get laid by someone different every night? Yes. Will I ever be his friend? probably not, I do not associate with people like that, but I will always be there to for any advise, or give an answer to any question, I just ask that you be respectful enough to be quiet long enough for me to get out my answer. I have no idea why the Universe is sending all these idiots my way… People who hold their drinks right over my expensive laptop and DJ equipment just to say hi and request a song they don’t know the name to.. People who even after being asked nicely not to rush and talk to me, but to wait for me to make eye contact because I’m busy Djing, still do it anyways when I’m playing 3 songs at one time. doing effects, and running video…. People who want to talk to you, but that is it, only talk to you, they don’t want to listen and even though they ask a question, they are thinking of something else to say next vs. listening to your answer… What I learned… Just walk away. If I don’t like the situation I am in, I will just leave. Walk away. We do not need to give anything we perceive as negative our attention. Or anything that causes us discomfort the time of day. I am not saying running away from your problems, but when you see them not being solved at that time, just walk away. they are not going anywhere, so before you make more problems for yourself, just go. I have learned to smile a lot and just nod my head and not pay attention to people while I DJ, but when i am not playing music and all packed up, you got my 100% attention, and it is more then fair to ask for that in return. So after that long rant, my advise, get off the drugs. the make you into a better person, and lie is pretty cool.

Just be honest already, stop being a sociopath.

orgon picture

So it turns out that this was carved into the ground in the United States in the State of Oregon. This shape in the ground was cut into the the dry lake bed. I’m not sure how familiar you are with dry lake beds, but they are pretty hard, and to carve this out with such straight lines is very difficult, especially over a 13 mile stretch. This design is also very difficult to draw and complete it correctly using all the right supplies and several sheets of paper to try a few times because you are sure to mess the first one up.

Story is said that this is a response from Aliens of some sort in response to our Nuclear weapons. So why hide what happened? Why make up a lie and tell people someone else did it, some other way. Does that not only reinforce to our young adults that telling lies, or stories that are untrue are okay? What will that do to history? Does it even mater, when someone has the power to hide it like we are seeing right now? There are too many lies and coverups in our history that need to be unearthed and replanted in the light. Sun light or the light of spiritual growth, a change is coming. If I see myself awakening and changing, I am curious to see what is happening to you.

No for real…

I had something to tell you that was super funny, and I know you would laugh, but I forgot what it was. It’s okay though, because if you laugh right now really hard, it will be similar. Like I was able to remember what it was and actually tell you, but trust me, it was super funny and again, I know you would laugh! hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!


UFO White Orb spotted in Costa Rica 2013

UFO white orb

I just saw this fly over my house the other day, and was able to take 3 photos of it with the help of a friend who also saw it. After 90 seconds in the air, it seemed to just vanish into thin air. I told her that night that there was going to be an earthquake. I felt something… it is probably nothing, but inside I knew and was ready for something. Today, 6 days later, there was a 5.1 earthquake in Liberia Costa Rica. I’m feeling stranger and stranger every day. I neglected to read a book because I started to loose interest in it, then once I picked it up again, it was talking about the exact same thing I was struggling with as a writer, went on to talk about writing a screen play which I am also doing, or trying to do, and a few other key points that tie directly into my current life. The book is called The Synchronicity Key, and is actually turning out to be amazing. Then someone called me the devil because I was born on the 6th day, and today i hear an interview where I hear again, that the Devil was the best angel in Heaven, and was cast out because he was not corrupt. Oh and America, and Americans, are the reincarnated souls of the Lost City of Atlantis, which is actually, one of the poles, I forget which one. My research is short on this and my time is limited right now. Amazing thing is, strange things are happening, I hope you are seeing them too, and feeling them too. Our world is changing, always evolving. Evil divided by Love equals Evolution.

How to create your own Reality 101

How to create your own reality: 101

I finally figured out how to create the world around me. It came to me last night while deleting files from my computer and thinking about the friends I have, that have not been exposed to the life I have lead since 2001. I have traveled around the world from all over the US, to the pyramids in Egypt, to the Deep jungles of mexico and central america. I have read countless numbers of science journals with physical proof of what life was like back in the day, and what true science is being discredited as “Crazy thinking”. There are more religions out there than the bible seems to describe and with that knowledge, it all came to me last night, that “what you think about, becomes your reality”. I am not here to label anyone, or judge you on your beliefs, Im just here to tell you that “what you limit yourself to think about, becomes your limited life. What you dream your self to find, becomes your treasure.”

Good Luck finding what you all truly need, but be careful trying to bring in what you want, for you will figure out the definition of wants vs. needs whether you think you know already or not.

Love and Light!

How to make a song request to a DJ

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When making a song request to a DJ….

1. Make it quick. Have your song ready before you come interrupt. That is what most of you do, you don’t stop to look and see that we are doing things and that we are wearing headphones so 9 times out of 10, we cannot hear you.
2. Know your music. “Do you have that one song… that goes, brum di brum brum”??? “Can you play it, it is my favorite”??? Well if it’s your favorite song, you would think you’d know the title, or artist. Im sorry, but I don’t have my music listed with sounds the songs makes.
3. Unless you are going home with the DJ, don’t hang out with them while they are spinning. No wait, even if you are going home with the DJ, leave them be, their working. If they talk to you, talk with them, but understand, they are working.
4. If the club is dancing to the genre of music, and you make a request from another genre, A. IT HAS TO BE A HIT. & B. I better not have just started playing that genre you want to change. Just because you don’t like a song, or a genre, doesn’t give you any right to control the DJ unless you got a form of currency that has more than 2 numbers in it. ( 5 depending on some country’s ).
5. Put some gum in your mouth. Fresh breath not only makes a great first impression, but it makes you a bit more tolerable when you ask for something.
6. Don’t be drunk, no one likes a drunk, but an out of shape, ugly person who can’t get lucky with their right hand, if they cut off the left. No one likes a drunk in a DJ booth with thousands of dollars of music and equipment laying around. Sober up, and leave the drinks away.
7. Make this time to make a Music request, not chat it up. If you wanna chat it up, ask for a phone number and call a person… ( not text ) Tomorrow. Don’t hang out. DJ’s are wanted and desired by lovers and haters alike and you hanging out confuses them both. Unless it is welcomed by the DJ… (they will say to you, ” sure hang out, talk to me because I am not a real dj, I play a mix that I recorded last night, and no one can tell”. DJ’s are working, reading the crowd, and thinking of 5 songs that they can play next to get the crowd and keep the crowd. Let them work, that includes the DJ talking to others and taking their requests. Some follow these rules already, most do not. Read #3 again if you still don’t understand.
8. Did you really go back up to #3 and read it???? LOL
9. Make sure I didn’t play it 10 minutes ago, were not a radio station, were a club. And if you make a request, stick around for it. Don’t leave after requesting something. I may have just changed the whole vibe for you, and your not around, or like in #6 your too drunk to hear your song.
10. If the DJ doesn’t play your song immediately, DO NOT go get the owner/manager, and tell them to tell me to play it. That is like getting a no from dad and then asking mom…. That is also immature, and shows your desperateness toto be an asshole. DJ’s are creating a vibe, they are connecting an energy, and it is a thin balance that keeps it all together.

10 things most Americans don’t know about America

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America is the world

Found this great blog that explains pretty much what I have seen traveling all of North America, Costa Rica, and going from Morocco to Egypt… The world doesn’t think about America as much as we think they do.

Here is the Link i found:

and here is what it says

10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him.

This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socio-economic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.

I realize it’s going to be impossible to write sentences like the ones above without coming across as a raging prick, so let me try to soften the blow to my American readers with an analogy:

You know when you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own, how you start hanging out with your friends’ families and you realize that actually, your family was a little screwed up? Stuff you always assumed was normal your entire childhood, it turns out was pretty weird and may have actually fucked you up a little bit. You know, dad thinking it was funny to wear a Santa Claus hat in his underwear every Christmas or the fact that you and your sister slept in the same bed until you were 22, or that your mother routinely cried over a bottle of wine while listening to Elton John.

The point is we don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. Just like you didn’t realize the weird quirks and nuances of your family until you left and spent time with others, the same is true for country and culture. You often don’t see what’s messed up about your country and culture until you step outside of it.

And so even though this article is going to come across as fairly scathing, I want my American readers to know: some of the stuff we do, some of the stuff that we always assumed was normal, it’s kind of screwed up. And that’s OK. Because that’s true with every culture. It’s just easier to spot it in others (i.e., the French) so we don’t always notice it in ourselves.

So as you read this article, know that I’m saying everything with tough love, the same tough love with which I’d sit down and lecture an alcoholic family member. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome things about you (BRO, THAT’S AWESOME!!!). And it doesn’t mean I’m some saint either, because god knows I’m pretty screwed up (I’m American, after all). There are just a few things you need to hear. And as a friend, I’m going to tell them to you.

And to my foreign readers, get your necks ready, because this is going to be a nod-a-thon.

A Little “What The Hell Does This Guy Know?” Background: I’ve lived in different parts of the US, both the deep south and the northeast. I have visited most of the US’s 50 states. I’ve spent the past three years living almost entirely outside of the United States. I’ve lived in multiple countries in Europe, Asia and South America. I’ve visited over 40 countries in all and have spent far more time with non-Americans than with Americans during this period. I speak multiple languages. I’m not a tourist. I don’t stay in resorts and rarely stay in hostels. I rent apartments and try to integrate myself into each country I visit as much as possible. So there.

(Note: I realize these are generalizations and I realize there are always exceptions. I get it. You don’t have to post 55 comments telling me that you and your best friend are exceptions. If you really get that offended from some guy’s blog post, you may want to double-check your life priorities.)

OK, we’re ready now. 10 things Americans don’t know about America.


Unless you’re speaking with a real estate agent or a prostitute, chances are they’re not going to be excited that you’re American. It’s not some badge of honor we get to parade around. Yes, we had Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, but unless you actually are Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison (which is unlikely) then most people around the world are simply not going to care. There are exceptions of course. And those exceptions are called English and Australian people. Whoopdie-fucking-doo.

As Americans, we’re brought up our entire lives being taught that we’re the best, we did everything first and that the rest of the world follows our lead. Not only is this not true, but people get irritated when you bring it to their country with you. So don’t.


Despite the occasional eye-rolling, and complete inability to understand why anyone would vote for George W. Bush, people from other countries don’t hate us either. In fact — and I know this is a really sobering realization for us — most people in the world don’t really think about us or care about us. I know, that sounds absurd, especially with CNN and Fox News showing the same 20 angry Arab men on repeat for ten years straight. But unless we’re invading someone’s country or threatening to invade someone’s country (which is likely), then there’s a 99.99% chance they don’t care about us. Just like we rarely think about the people in Bolivia or Mongolia, most people don’t think about us much. They have jobs, kids, house payments — you know, those things called lives — to worry about. Kind of like us.

Americans tend to assume that the rest of the world either loves us or hates us (this is actually a good litmus test to tell if someone is conservative or liberal). The fact is, most people feel neither. Most people don’t think much about us.

Remember that immature girl in high school, who every little thing that happened to her meant that someone either hated her or was obsessed with her; who thought every teacher who ever gave her a bad grade was being totally unfair and everything good that happened to her was because of how amazing she was? Yeah, we’re that immature high school girl.


For all of our talk about being global leaders and how everyone follows us, we don’t seem to know much about our supposed “followers.” They often have completely different takes on history than we do. Here were some brain-stumpers for me: the Vietnamese believe the Vietnam War was about China (not us), Hitler was primarily defeated by Russia (not us), Native Americans were wiped out largely disease and plague (not us), and the American Revolution was “won” because the British cared more about beating France (not us). Notice a running theme here?

(Hint: It’s not all about us.)

We did not invent democracy. We didn’t even invent modern democracy. There were parliamentary systems in England and other parts of Europe over a hundred years before we created government. In a recent survey of young Americans, 63% could not find Iraq on a map (despite being at war with them), and 54% did not know Sudan was a country in Africa. Yet, somehow we’re positive that everyone else looks up to us.


There’s a saying about English-speakers. We say “Go fuck yourself,” when we really mean “I like you,” and we say “I like you,” when we really mean “Go fuck yourself.”

Outside of getting shit-housed drunk and screaming “I LOVE YOU, MAN!”, open displays of affection in American culture are tepid and rare. Latin and some European cultures describe us as “cold” and “passionless” and for good reason. In our social lives we don’t say what we mean and we don’t mean what we say.

In our culture, appreciation and affection are implied rather than spoken outright. Two guy friends call each other names to reinforce their friendship; men and women tease and make fun of each other to imply interest. Feelings are almost never shared openly and freely. Consumer culture has cheapened our language of gratitude. Something like, “It’s so good to see you” is empty now because it’s expected and heard from everybody.

In dating, when I find a woman attractive, I almost always walk right up to her and tell her that a) I wanted to meet her, and b) she’s beautiful. In America, women usually get incredibly nervous and confused when I do this. They’ll make jokes to defuse the situation or sometimes ask me if I’m part of a TV show or something playing a prank. Even when they’re interested and go on dates with me, they get a bit disoriented when I’m so blunt with my interest. Whereas, in almost every other culture approaching women this way is met with a confident smile and a “Thank you.”


If you’re extremely talented or intelligent, the US is probably the best place in the world to live. The system is stacked heavily to allow people of talent and advantage to rise to the top quickly.

The problem with the US is that everyone thinks they are of talent and advantage. As John Steinbeck famously said, the problem with poor Americans is that “they don’t believe they’re poor, but rather temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” It’s this culture of self-delusion that allows America to continue to innovate and churn out new industry more than anyone else in the world. But this shared delusion also unfortunately keeps perpetuating large social inequalities and the quality of life for the average citizen lower than most other developed countries. It’s the price we pay to maintain our growth and economic dominance.

In my Guide to Wealth, I defined being wealthy as, “Having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences.” In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion. American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That’s a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities or new experiences.


In 2010, I got into a taxi in Bangkok to take me to a new six-story cineplex. It was accessible by metro, but I chose a taxi instead. On the seat in front of me was a sign with a wifi password. Wait, what? I asked the driver if he had wifi in his taxi. He flashed a huge smile. The squat Thai man, with his pidgin English, explained that he had installed it himself. He then turned on his new sound system and disco lights. His taxi instantly became a cheesy nightclub on wheels… with free wifi.

If there’s one constant in my travels over the past three years, it has been that almost every place I’ve visited (especially in Asia and South America) is much nicer and safer than I expected it to be. Singapore is pristine. Hong Kong makes Manhattan look like a suburb. My neighborhood in Colombia is nicer than the one I lived in in Boston (and cheaper).

As Americans, we have this naïve assumption that people all over the world are struggling and way behind us. They’re not. Sweden and South Korea have more advanced high speed internet networks. Japan has the most advanced trains and transportation systems. Norwegians make more money. The biggest and most advanced plane in the world is flown out of Singapore. The tallest buildings in the world are now in Dubai and Shanghai. Meanwhile, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

What’s so surprising about the world is how unsurprising most of it is. I spent a week with some local guys in Cambodia. You know what their biggest concerns were? Paying for school, getting to work on time, and what their friends were saying about them. In Brazil, people have debt problems, hate getting stuck in traffic and complain about their overbearing mothers. Every country thinks they have the worst drivers. Every country thinks their weather is unpredictable. The world becomes, err… predictable.


Not only are we emotionally insecure as a culture, but I’ve come to realize how paranoid we are about our physical security. You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN for more than 10 minutes to hear about how our drinking water is going to kill us, our neighbor is going to rape our children, some terrorist in Yemen is going to kill us because we didn’t torture him, Mexicans are going to kill us, or some virus from a bird is going to kill us. There’s a reason we have more guns than people.

In the US, security trumps everything, even liberty. We’re paranoid.

I’ve probably been to 10 countries now that friends and family back home told me explicitly not to go because someone was going to kill me, kidnap me, stab me, rob me, rape me, sell me into sex trade, give me HIV, or whatever else. None of that has happened. I’ve never been robbed and I’ve walked through some of the shittiest parts of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In fact, the experience has been the opposite. In countries like Russia, Colombia or Guatemala, people were so friendly it actually scared me. Some stranger in a bar would invite me to his house for a bar-b-que with his family, a random person on the street would offer to show me around and give me directions to a store I was trying to find. My American instincts were always that, “Wait, this guy is going to try to rob me or kill me,” but they never did. They were just insanely friendly.


I’ve noticed that the way we Americans communicate is usually designed to create a lot of attention and hype. Again, I think this is a product of our consumer culture: the belief that something isn’t worthwhile or important unless it’s perceived to be the best (BEST EVER!!!) or unless it gets a lot of attention (see: every reality-television show ever made).

This is why Americans have a peculiar habit of thinking everything is “totally awesome,” and even the most mundane activities were “the best thing ever!” It’s the unconscious drive we share for importance and significance, this unmentioned belief, socially beaten into us since birth that if we’re not the best at something, then we don’t matter.

We’re status-obsessed. Our culture is built around achievement, production and being exceptional. Therefore comparing ourselves and attempting to out-do one another has infiltrated our social relationships as well. Who can slam the most beers first? Who can get reservations at the best restaurant? Who knows the promoter to the club? Who dated a girl on the cheerleading squad? Socializing becomes objectified and turned into a competition. And if you’re not winning, the implication is that you are not important and no one will like you.


Unless you have cancer or something equally dire, the health care system in the US sucks. The World Health Organization ranked the US 37th in the world for health care, despite the fact that we spend the most per capita by a large margin.

The hospitals are nicer in Asia (with European-educated doctors and nurses) and cost a tenth as much. Something as routine as a vaccination costs multiple hundreds of dollars in the US and less than $10 in Colombia. And before you make fun of Colombian hospitals, Colombia is 28th in the world on that WHO list, nine spots higher than us.

A routine STD test that can run you over $200 in the US is free in many countries to anyone, citizen or not. My health insurance the past year? $65 a month. Why? Because I live outside of the US. An American guy I met living in Buenos Aires got knee surgery on his ACL that would have cost $10,000 in the US… for free.

But this isn’t really getting into the real problems of our health. Our food is killing us. I’m not going to go crazy with the details, but we eat chemically-laced crap because it’s cheaper and tastes better (profit, profit). Our portion sizes are absurd (more profit). And we’re by far the most prescribed nation in the world AND our drugs cost five to ten times more than they do even in Canada (ohhhhhhh, profit, you sexy bitch).

In terms of life expectancy, despite being the richest country in the world, we come in a paltry 38th. Right behind Cuba, Malta and the United Arab Emirates, and slightly ahead of Slovenia, Kuwait and Uruguay. Enjoy your Big Mac.


The United States is a country built on the exaltation of economic growth and personal ingenuity. Small businesses and constant growth are celebrated and supported above all else — above affordable health care, above respectable education, above everything. Americans believe it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and make something of yourself, not the state’s, not your community’s, not even your friend’s or family’s in some instances.

Comfort sells easier than happiness. Comfort is easy. It requires no effort and no work. Happiness takes effort. It requires being proactive, confronting fears, facing difficult situations, and having unpleasant conversations.

Comfort equals sales. We’ve been sold comfort for generations and for generations we bought: bigger houses, separated further and further out into the suburbs; bigger TV’s, more movies, and take-out. The American public is becoming docile and complacent. We’re obese and entitled. When we travel, we look for giant hotels that will insulate us and pamper us rather than for legitimate cultural experiences that may challenge our perspectives or help us grow as individuals.

Depression and anxiety disorders are soaring within the US. Our inability to confront anything unpleasant around us has not only created a national sense of entitlement, but it’s disconnected us from what actually drives happiness: relationships, unique experiences, feeling self-validated, achieving personal goals. It’s easier to watch a NASCAR race on television and tweet about it than to actually get out and try something new with a friend.

Unfortunately, a by-product of our massive commercial success is that we’re able to avoid the necessary emotional struggles of life in lieu of easy superficial pleasures.

Throughout history, every dominant civilization eventually collapsed because it became TOO successful. What made it powerful and unique grows out of proportion and consumes its society. I think this is true for American society. We’re complacent, entitled and unhealthy. My generation is the first generation of Americans who will be worse off than their parents, economically, physically and emotionally. And this is not due to a lack of resources, to a lack of education or to a lack of ingenuity. It’s corruption and complacency. The corruption from the massive industries that control our government’s policies, and the fat complacency of the people to sit around and let it happen.

There are things I love about my country. I don’t hate the US and I still return to it a few times a year. But I think the greatest flaw of American culture is our blind self-absorption. In the past it only hurt other countries. But now it’s starting to hurt ourselves.

So this is my lecture to my alcoholic brother — my own flavor of arrogance and self-absorption, even if slightly more informed — in hopes he’ll give up his wayward ways. I imagine it’ll fall on deaf ears, but it’s the most I can do for now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some funny cat pictures to look at.