Nathan Barinstein – An Incredible Channel of Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I have found the most incredible, inspiring channel on youtube, called Nathan Barinstein (you can click on the name in blue to check it out, or just look up “Nathan Barinstein on youtube). This is a super interesting and entertaining channel and all of the videos that have been uploaded to it are FASCINATING. To anyone who reads this blog, please go check it out, you won’t regret it.

This is a youtube channel for anyone interested in travel, in self-discovery, and beautiful cinematography.

Here are the links to some of the videos (click on the titles below):

What is Happiness?

Meeting a President

Flying In An Old American Plane 

I really do think they’re worth checking out, and you can subscribe to the channel to get notifications whenever a new video goes up.

You can thank me later!

-mrprose

The Magic of Exploration

Hi there,

It’s a light-hearted piece for today, one born out of my joy of having this blog.

Let me first say that the last three-and-a-half months have been quite eye-opening. By that, I mean that life and has begun to feel more and more rich. Things are starting to look clearer, and I feel like I’m getting things a bit more. Life is appearing more fruitful to me.

I don’t mean that now everything is all happy and lighthearted, because that’s not the case. No, there are still the occasional times when everything seems awful. I’m only human, after all. But something has definitely changed. Maybe it’s a bit early to identify reasons as to why that is, but I honestly think that it’s has a lot to do with this blog.

A green and red Perseid meteor striking the sk...

Don’t you feel so tiny sometimes? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is so much out there. Ignorance won’t get you anywhere. If you really want to find what exactly it is that’s ‘out there’, you have to sit down and really articulate your jumbled thoughts. True exploration is the discovery of yourself. You may think there are things out there that you have not seen, that aren’t a part of you, but they are. When you try to make sense of the world around you, the things you see and hear and feel, you’re really just trying to make sense of yourself. Why? Because it all starts within you.

It’s not so much about survival for many of us anymore. Instead, I think we are searching for purpose, for definition, and we don’t know where to look. Many of us don’t want to look, because we fear what we can’t see.

Moving beyond the fear is everything. You cannot truly see when you are afraid to look.

If you are serious about examining life, about writing or articulating what you have to say, you must begin digging, no matter the fear. If you are truly curious, if you have the thirst to learn, the passion to discover, the will to move beyond what you know, you will continue to dig. And you won’t stop until you find something.

The magic in that is that what you will find will change your life.

Black & White Droplets

Can you see the color? (Photo credit: wenzday01)

I try to see beyond the surface of things, and despite my young age, I feel as though I’m already unearthing incredible things. Like I said before, I feel my experience in life has become richer, my understanding stronger. I believe what I believe a bit more passionately. I feel a little bit happier, a little more awake. And those seemingly small changes really change everything.

The magic of exploration is that life becomes a more dynamic place, a more beautiful place. And that’s because you become a more dynamic, beautiful person.

–mrprose

Friday Question: Structure or No?

Hello!

So here we go, question time! As is now the tradition for a Friday at this blog, I ask about something controversial, something that hopefully takes a little thought, and you my readers, respond in kind with your answers. As always, I’m pumped!

Structure

Structure (Photo credit: p medved)

Okay so here it is, and be open-minded: which kind of lifestyle is better to live, a structured one, or an unstructured one? For example, is it better to let a kid grow up under constant watch (quite common), being guided more than not, or is it better to let a kid grow on their own, exploring as they feel the need? The choice is presented for everyone – live a life of routine, safety, or have an ever-changing schedule, one that presents a bit more risk, a bit more chance?

Many believe a rigid lifestyle instills certain valuable qualities every individual needs. Do you agree with that? What about all of those kids encouraged to be either a doctor or a lawyer? Those require fairly structured lifestyles, to say the least. So the question is, are they good? Being an artist or a comedian as an example, provides a weaker income (unless you’re well known), and the lifestyle for many of those kinds of people could be described as a bit less structured. Is that better than being a doctor/lawyer?

More importantly than anything else, what do you believe leads a better life, a happier life? Is it better to have structure or not?

I’ll be back tomorrow. Excited to read comments!

–mrprose

Ignorance Is Bliss?

Hello to you,

So where do I begin? I know.

Anger has taken me to quite a few places. It’s a blunt thing to say, but I really mean it. When I’m angry, I’m often more motivated (often times for the wrong reasons) and I make things happen. A few months ago, this happened to me. I was really angry, and it seriously got me thinking about a saying we have in our society.

“Ignorance is bliss”.

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't...

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know. (Photo credit: joanna.ppok)

Sure, I get the principle. Not knowing about some of the awful things in life can be a blessing in some ways, but it only lasts for so long. And after really thinking about that, I realize how close-minded it is to say something like that. Because that ignorance is not going to last forever, no matter how many of us try.

When talking about instances that remind me of “Ignorance is bliss”, I think about people that float through life in the easiest possible way, avoiding all pain and other challenges in life. No curiosity or desire to learn or bring one’s self to a higher level of consciousness. That’s the ignorance. The bliss comes from not knowing anything painful and staying in a place that’s simplistic and stagnant. Only a “safe” amount of exploration, imagination, discovery. Is that really what bliss is?

Here’s the definition of ‘bliss’:

1. Perfect happiness; great joy.

2. Something providing such happiness.

3. Supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of ignorance, I do not think of any of these definitions, particularly utter joy or contentment. Allow me to explain.

Despite being ignorant, there are still things we will find to be unhappy about. I did, I have, and I will. And i’m not alone on that. It’s because we don’t live in a world where every little problem is fixed for you without an ounce of your effort. Even that thought is a bit frightening, because in a world like that, I wouldn’t learn a thing.

Here’s the interesting thing though, and I’ll try my best to explain how I see it. I look back to younger times in my life, and I see many of my ignorances. It’s easy to do that as a human being, but I in particular spend much of my time in retrospection and trying to learn from my many mistakes.

Then I look forward, and I realize that I have so, so much to learn before I reach any kind of Enlightenment or Nirvana. I don’t believe I will find entirety of either of these things in this lifetime. I still have too much ignorance to overcome/move beyond.

Yes, ignorance. We’ve all got some whether we like it or not. More than we would like to admit. So I admit I have that I still have much ignorance. But I also realize that I am still very far from that place of bliss. Here’s the thing though: I’m getting closer. Through my exploration of life and the often-painful discoveries I’m making about emotion and what it’s like to be human, I feel like I am slowly but surely moving closer to a place of real happiness. It may not be a definite location or place, but it’s out there, I know for sure, as I feel it within myself, ever so slowly becoming a part of who I am. I’m feeling happier, as I feel like I’m living an honest life.

Now of course there are things that I wish I never learned of, found out about, experienced. These things are scary and hard to take at times. But to move to the next level of “bliss” (utter joy and contentment), I have to accept these things. Even though some of these things I will never be able to stop in my life. It’s unrealistic to think that I can stop all of prejudice and racism, all the abuse people have to go through, all the things that I dislike (but I can try to make a positive impact…).

I think it’s all about acceptance and understanding. Coming face to face with these things and demystifying them. Facing the fear and the feeling the pain will move me beyond these things and thus become just a little less ignorant. It’s not even really ‘moving beyond’ these things, but rather understand them more and opening myself up to more in the world. And only once all the ignorance becoming understanding will we arrive at a place of bliss, a place of utter joy and contentment.

Do you believe ignorance is bliss?

–mrprose