I am taking a break from social media for a while.
As I enter deeper into 2020, I am thinking on the direction of my life. I am reading Meditations by the former Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, which is helping me in shaping the direction that I wish to move in 2020.
A key message in Meditations is to let go of concerns about the lives of others, and their judgements about self. Aurelius says that it is better that the individual focus on their own life and goals.
One of the negatives of social media is that it encourages us to be obsessed about other people, what they are thinking, saying and doing. Social media also encourages us into a narcissistic mindset, where the focus is on getting attention and being liked.
The successful and overall strategy of marketing men and people of authority is to focus the energy and attention away from self and its own goals; redirecting this attention and energy towards external authorities and their message.
Over a thousand years before Facebook and Donald Trump, a Roman emperor is saying that it is dumb to allow the hijacking of your own mind by the marketing men. How can an individual accomplish things that satisfy their own needs and goals in life, if they are too busy focussed on likes on Facebook and the latest falsehood of Trump?
Who is the winner if the individual says “f%ck Trump and Facebook!”; dumps them out of their lives; then focusses the liberated time they would have dedicated to those parasites towards learning a new skill?
The amazing thing about Meditations was that it was written by Marcus Aurelius as a guide for himself; and it was only on his death that it became published for the benefit of people like me.
The technology might have changed, but human nature has not. Men like Trump have always existed, and so has the needs that drive people to use Facebook. The message in Meditations remains the same now as 2000 years ago: that it is better to let go of worrying about what others are doing, saying and thinking; and concentrate on your own life and goals.
Many people who have had no experience of the media have an obsession with fame, to be the focus of attention in the media. People will go to any lengths to get their 15 minutes of fame, and then will spend the rest of their lives demanding special treatment from others because they appeared in a news slot in the evening news.
I have both good and bad personal experiences with the media. I know how to deal with the media. I know that the media are a double-edged sword. It is only an ignorant fool who chooses to deal with the media and entertains the delusion they will control the narrative and the media.
I fully understand and respect the decision of Prince Harry to step away from his role in serving the institution of the House of Windsor. People born into the British royal family enter into a social contract with the citizens of the UK, where they gain certain privileges and money for carrying out duties in that role. This contract includes the challenging reality of being seen as public property, where the media can invade privacy, make up stories and scrutinse every aspect of a royal’s life.
Being in the public eye, means there is no privacy, and the media gains a number of rights based on public interest to behave in ways that those impacted by them won’t like.
The mental health of Prince Harry has suffered from his negative experiences with the media, which are relentless in their aggressive pursuit of stories about him and his family. Prince Harry has been impacted by the death of his mother Princess Diana, who died in a car accident being chased by the media. Prince Harry is deeply concerned for the wellbeing of his wife and child because of the media.
It has been of no surprise to me that Prince Harry has ended his participation in being a senior member of the British royal family. Prince Harry has placed priority on the wellbeing of his own mind and that of his relationship with his wife and child over the obligations that comes with serving the royal family institution. Prince Harry has made a series of decisions that will, but won’t completely, protect himself and his family from the worst excesses of the media.
At the other end of the scale is an ordinary citizen called Becki Percy, who decided to rapidly withdraw from the limelight after events turned against her. Percy built a personal brand based upon a narrative of false allegation making against innocent people of child rape and murder, whilst using a mix of frauds and other business schemes to make money on the back of these fictions. Percy used the tools of social media to build a large public following portraying herself as a champion of victims of child abuse.
What the fame hungry Becki Percy has not understood is that when you set yourself up as a public figure, who has made serious criminal claims against named people, and demands special treatment, status and money based upon those claims, you give up rights to privacy, to have those claims examined and challenged. It is a matter of public interest to investigate claims that thousands of children are being raped and murdered in Hull UK; to ask for evidence and further information. Its disingenuous of Percy to claim her privacy is invaded or she is being illegally harrassed; when she is taking thousands of dollars from supporters, and pointing fingers at named people, without evidence and no apparent attempts to talk to the police about those allegations. Percy has no argument for harrassment in UK law, because making such claims as she did, there is public interest, justification and crime prevention defences against it.
It would be deluded by Percy to think that despite going silent in her social media, and blocking people who challenged her false narratives, that those with a public interest argument such as the news media and I, will stop pursuing her. Whilst these allegations remain uninvestigated, there can be no closure for anyone, until the UK police have been allowed to confirm the truth of them. Even though in my mind I know Percy is a liar, I feel unsettled about the possibility that Percy has disposed of the body of her alleged baby sister Lily in an unmarked grave in the Hull area; and in doing so Percy is guilty of a serious crime.
Whilst Prince Harry is taking steps to remove himself into private life, Percy has done the opposite. Becki Percy has turned herself into a public figure who has claimed to be a champion of abused children, making claims of rape and murder of thousands of children, and in at least one case has claimed of illegally disposing of the body of a murdered child. In the public interest people are going to pursue Percy for however long it takes until she is in a UK police station to account for the truth of her claims.
It does not matter if the individual has created fame via social media or the traditional media, such people put themselves into the public eye, who will have the right to examine their claims and deeds, especially when such claims involve the criminal harm of thousands of children in a UK city. That is the price paid for dealing with the media, it is a double-edged sword, and cuts both ways.
Happy 2020 everyone.
I recently applied to a project; and I was asked in the application about what I considered was my greatest achievement to date. This got me thinking that I had spread myself thin: I achieved many small things, but nothing I could proudly say was my great mark in the world to be proud of.
I cannot be wasting my life fighting false allegation making frauds like Becki Percy. If I am wasting precious life on parasitic maggots like Percy, I could blink and discover I have lost ten years of my life without much benefit to me or the world. Percy for the record is finished: she will soon be in jail; deported to the UK; then will face a life of misery trying to find a job, if she is lucky to find one. If Percy repeats her false allegations in the UK, she will be dragged into a police station, investigated, and the argument over the truth of her claims will be settled for good. I am done with Percy. I am moving on.
2020 is the year I would like to focus to both make my mark in the world through developing new technological tools, but also to embrace that new part of me that has been waking up.
The great changes in the weather together with widespread protests in the world in 2019 is the harbinger of great challenges and events to come in 2020. The year 2020 is an opportunity to evolve and find solutions in a world that is about to change beyond recognition.
I have no intention of living in a world of unicorns and fluffy bunnies. I am aware that the polished apple people prefer to see hides maggots and rot. I ask people to see the reality, to find solutions so that such apples are healthy and free of rot or maggot. But, people are scared by reality, they reject me, then run off to their bunnies and unicorns.
When people come to me to say how I came up with such an incredible solution, and I show them the rot and maggot, saying this was the passion for my solution. I won’t get invites to parties.
Lets dive in and see what unfolds in 2020.