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Part 7: 
Leisure activities and Cooperation

14 November 2010

(I modified one of the interesting images that Keith Mackay made with fractals.)

How could we be bored or lonely with so many activities and people?

A recent survey of British women shows that the majority are unhappy, and blames it on boredom and a lack of money. Since these surveys are often intended to promote propaganda or encourage the sales of some product, we cannot trust this survey, but if you take a critical look at the people that you personally know, you should notice that most of them truly believe that they will become happier with more money, and many of them complain about being bored.

People today are wealthier than any of our ancestors, so how could anybody complain that they don't have enough money? And we have more opportunities for jobs and leisure activities than our ancestors ever had, so how can anybody today be bored?

The people who are perpetually unhappy seem to be suffering from a defective mind and/or body, but in this article I will show that one way to improve life for us "mentally healthy" people is to analyze the history of our leisure activities and experiment with improvements to them. Most people don't think of holidays, sports, hobbies, and other activities as something that we can research and develop, but all aspects of our culture can be analyzed and improved, just as we analyze and improve refrigerators, airplanes, and computers.

Only humans can work in teams and have leisure activities
1) Leisure activities
Animals were never designed for leisure. Animals do something only when they are stimulated by something, such as hunger. When stupid animals, such as grasshoppers, birds, and spiders, have nothing to do, they just remain motionless, like the butterfly in the photo. The animals on farms and in zoos have an enormous amount of leisure time, so they spend a lot of time taking naps, sitting, or pacing back and forth. When birds sit on wires, they may appear to be socializing or watching us humans, but they're not doing anything.

If we had video documentation of the Earth over the past few million years, we would find that there was a point in our history when our ancestors spent their leisure time doing virtually nothing, just like the animals. We would notice that as humans became increasingly intelligent, more of them began showing signs of what we refer to as "boredom". They would react to the boredom by finding something to do simply to occupy their time, such as throwing rocks at an object, or making noises, or poking a person in order to get that person to chase after them.

As the human mind became increasingly intelligent, the problem with boredom became increasingly serious, and as a result, more people wanted to do something. When several of them were bored at the same time, then when one of them spontaneously did something, the others might mimic him. For example, if one person began to throw rocks at an object, another of the bored people might decide to throw rocks at the object, also. Eventually somebody would specify a "rule", such as people have to stand a certain distance away from the object before they throw a rock. Eventually, possibly centuries later, another rule would be added, such as every rock has to be within a certain size. Eventually there would be so many rules that we would recognize it as a "sport" in which the people "compete" to hit an object with rocks. 

Likewise, when one of them was so bored that he began making vocal noises to entertain himself, another of them might be inspired to make noises, also. This may have been how whistling and singing got started. When one of them would poke another in order to get that person to chase after him, that may have evolved into dancing.

I don't know exactly how whistling, singing, dancing, or sports got started, but the point I want to make is that animals do not have these activities, so somehow humans developed them, and I think all of them began inadvertently and evolved very slowly and haphazardly. I don't think that there was a time in human history when one of our ancestors announced to the others, "Hey, since none of us enjoy boredom, let's develop some leisure activities!" There was never a point at which the people got together into research groups to study the issue of boredom and develop leisure activities.

In order to understand the thousands of sports, hobbies, social clubs, or other activities that we have today, it's important to understand that all of them developed inadvertently merely as a way to prevent boredom. To rephrase that concept, our activities were never designed for a purpose. Instead, the activities developed haphazardly, and they have been evolving through the centuries without any intelligent guidance. This is why so many of our activities are useless, silly, or ridiculous.

For example, consider the people who create collections of items. Thousands of years ago the collecting of items would have been a passive activity in which people collected colored rocks, animal teeth, and flowers that they encountered during their daily life. When technology gave people the ability to settle into cities and produce material items for sale, that activity became very active, especially for adults. Most adults don't merely collect items that they encounter during their lives. Instead, they purchase them. People with a lot of money can create enormous collections, such as Jay Leno, who has a collection of old automobiles.

Some people's collections have historical value and could be used by schools or museums, but most people collect items of no importance to anybody, and their collections are eventually discarded. For example, when I was eight years old, we spent a few weeks traveling with my grandparents as they moved to California, and whenever we stopped at a beach, I collected pull-off tabs from aluminum cans that were littering the beaches during the 1960s (until somebody developed a tab that remained on the can). I must have collected thousands of them during that trip. This airline pilot collects spoons from different airlines. Even some criminals have silly collections, such as this Air Force colonel, Russell Williams, who collected underwear from women that he burglarized, assaulted, or murdered. This CIA employee also had a collection of women's underwear.

Children today are raised in a culture in which the collecting of items is a common leisure activity, and children mimic this activity for the same reasons that we mimic clothing styles and language. However, I and other children never mimicked the practice of questioning the value of our collections because the adults are not analyzing their culture or questioning anything they do. Millions of  people are collecting items with no regard to the value of the collection. Each generation is following the previous generation without ever asking, "Why are we doing this?"

Our tendency to mindlessly follow the culture that we picked up during our childhood would be acceptable if the previous generations had developed "perfect" culture that cannot be improved upon, but in this article I will point out that many of our activities are worthless, and some are wasteful. We have to change our attitude towards life and treat history as a valuable scientific field that can help us to understand our culture. Children should be taught that the most valuable citizens are those who analyze our culture and find ways to improve it. People who insist that culture remain exactly as it is should be regarded as ignorant or stupid savages.

The human race has the intelligence and creativity to develop activities that are more enjoyable and more useful to both the participants and to society. We should be improving our culture just like we improve our computers, refrigerators, and airplanes. 

 2) Cooperation with other groups and teamwork
Animals often seem to work together, especially ants and bees, but they don't truly have an ability to communicate, so it's impossible for them to give or receive orders. Their inability to work together becomes more obvious when different groups of animals encounter one another. They have no ability to work together as a team. Cats cannot form teams with dogs, and bees cannot work with butterflies. Animals do not even have the ability to look at other animals as potential teammates or potential friends. Instead, they consider other animals as potential enemies, or as potential competitors to the limited resources. Animals are extremely suspicious of one another.

At some point during the development of animals into humans, people developed an ability to communicate and work together in teams. Humans began evolving into a less selfish, less arrogant creature. At some point people also became less suspicious and fearful of other people. They began to consider the possibility that the other people might be friendly rather than dangerous.

The people with these more advanced qualities had a tremendous advantage over the more animal-like people. Their ability to work in teams allowed their societies to grow larger in size and accomplish more complex tasks. As people lost their fear of other people, they were capable of visiting their neighbors to socialize, trade products, and hunt animals. They eventually dominated the planet.

Today humans have an ability to work with people of different races and cultures, and we can work in teams that span several continents. However, we still have those crude animal emotions that cause us to be suspicious of people who are outside of our particular group. We are not yet completely able to accept people who are different. We still have a tendency to think that our culture is superior to other people's culture, and that the people in our particular group are superior to other people, and that the other people are dangerous. These animal emotions make it impossible for us to be completely relaxed with societies that eat different foods, wear different clothes, and have different social activities.

However, even though humans are still a bit like animals, we have a tremendous ability to work in teams, and one of the other points I want to make in this article is that we should take advantage of this ability by creating a variety of leisure activities in which people get together to work on something as a team. This would allow us to do something productive with our efforts, while at the same time giving us the opportunity to meet people, socialize, get some exercise, and/or have some fun.

Examples of how history can help us understand our activities
There isn't a right or wrong leisure activity.
I thought I should begin by pointing out what hopefully is obvious; namely, we have a tendency to ridicule or laugh at other people's leisure activities, but there isn't a right or wrong, good or bad activity. Furthermore, our jobs have a significant effect on our leisure activities. People who do a lot of physical work, for example, may prefer activities in which they can lounge while other people entertain them, whereas people who sit a lot during their job may want physically active activities. Some people who work around people all day may want to spend their leisure time alone, whereas others may want to be with people.

This concept should be obvious, but I know it isn't, especially to young people, and the feminist movement is making the situation worse. I'll give a personal example. Most factory jobs have been designed for the "ordinary man". Therefore, most men will consider the "typical" job to be easy. Many decades ago there was a factory that needed some temporary help, and I and several other people were helping them. They processed sheets of corrugated cardboard into boxes. Most of the people working there were men between 18 and 30 years of age, but none of them considered the job to be physically demanding, so they didn't think anything strange when two "ordinary" young women agreed to help with the work. Those women believed the feminist philosophy that men and women were virtually identical. However, after a few days, one of the women said something like, "Now I know why a lot of men come home from work and just want to relax in front of a TV with a beer!"

Apparently, she believed the feminist philosophy that men are lazy, arrogant jerks who fool around all day at their job. It makes me wonder, how many other women have been fooled by the feminists into having that arrogant, condescending attitude towards men? We're not going to improve life for men and women until we start understanding one another. However, the feminists are not encouraging an "understanding". They are encouraging hatred, arrogance, anger, and whining. Feminism is not an "intellectual" movement. It's a disgusting, destructive "emotional" movement. I didn't say anything to that woman, but I felt like laughing as I told her that I don't have the strength or stamina of an ordinary man, so if I can do a job, it is not physically demanding.

Anyway, the reason I wanted to mention this particular incident in my life is that one of the reasons we want different leisure activities is because of our different jobs. If we switch jobs, we may lose our interest in some activities and develop an interest in activities that we previously ridiculed. Also, the people in our environment affect us. If we don't like the people we live among, we are more likely to spend our time alone.

Some of the points I want to make in this file:

1) Many activities are senseless.
Since most of our leisure activities began inadvertently, many activities have no useful purpose.
2) Our culture is being abused.
There are so many organizations trying to manipulate our culture that we have expressions for what they do, such as "publicity stunts", "media pranks", "culture jamming", and "meme warfare". Furthermore, the Nobel prizes and other awards that have been won by Al Gore and Barack Obama show that we cannot trust the contests in which judges select a winner, especially if an audience is allowed to participate secretly. We should investigate the organizations that are trying to influence society, such as the CCCE and the Nobel committee, so that we can remove the criminals, and then we should pass judgment on whether any of them have any value to society. We should eliminate the detrimental organizations, not tolerate their abuse.

3) We can take control of our culture.
Our culture is changing through time in a haphazard manner as a result of influences from individuals, businesses, crime networks, political groups, and religions, but we don't have to continue living this way. The human race has intelligence and creativity to analyze our culture and take control of it. We merely have to change our attitudes, raise standards for people in leadership positions, and start regularly asking ourselves, Where have we been? Where are we going? Where would we like to go?

Example 1: The food-fight festivals
A simple example of these concepts is the food-fight festivals, such as:
  Orange throwing carnival of Ivrea, Italy
  La Tomatina, a tomato-throwing festival in Bunoi, Spain
History can help us understand how these activities came into existence and how they have evolved through the years. That information in turn can help us make decisions on what we want to do with them.

In the case of La Tomatina, it began inadvertently, and it evolved haphazardly, just like most culture. It supposedly started in 1944 when some young men became upset because they weren't allowed to participate in a parade, and so they took some tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stand and started a fight. The police had to break up the fight.

Nobody in 1944 realized that they were watching the beginning of a new cultural activity that would eventually spread to other nations. Instead, some people interpreted the fight as a group of wonderful young men who were upset that they were discriminated against by the organizers of the parade, but most people probably interpreted the fight as a group of arrogant jerks who were having a temper tantrum.

The following year the same young men went to the same parade, but this time they brought tomatoes with them because they were planning to start a fight. Once again, the police had to break up the fight. The next year they started another fight, and so on, year after year.

As soon as people in the city noticed the pattern, they began to expect a fight in the next parade. Some people probably reacted by becoming disgusted that society did nothing to stop these men, but some people became excited at the thought of participating in a tomato fight, and so they decided to bring some tomatoes to the parade and join the fight. This in turn inspired some people in other cities to travel to the city and join in on the fight. Also, women began to join the fight. It evolved into an annual festival of both men and women of all ages throwing tomatoes at one another. This food fight festival may help you understand some important concepts about human culture, such as:

1) Most of our culture developed inadvertently, and sometimes it evolved from the activities of people who were mentally ill, violent, or obnoxious. We have a tendency to be proud of our culture and defend it to the death, but a lot of our culture is silly, idiotic, or destructive. Many of the activities that people are engaging right now would have been ridiculed as childish if somebody had suggested them before they became cultural activities.

2) Children pick up culture without questioning it. When children grow up around a particular activity, they will consider it to be "normal", and they tend to become adults who practice it without knowing or caring where it came from, or whether it has any benefit. Parents will protect their children from poisoned food, but they don't care if their children pick up the equivalent of poisoned culture. We must control the information that children are exposed to. Many parents are concerned that children will see a naked body, but naked bodies don't seem to bother children. We have to be concerned about the culture that children pick up, and we especially have to be concerned with the manipulation of children by businesses, religions, and the criminal Jews - who actually have programs specifically designed to manipulate other people's children, such as The Butterfly Project (I mentioned that project years ago in several files, such as here).

3) We allow people to cause trouble year after year. We don't remove badly behaved people from society. Instead, we feel sorry for them, and we give them second chances, and then third chances. But what good does this do us? These people are a bad influence on culture, and they are irritating to whoever becomes their victim. Imagine if a group of men were angry at you because you didn't allow them to join your activities, and so they staged a food fight with you every year. And then imagine that their fight evolves into a "festival".

Photos of the Reno Festival here
4) Culture can spread to other societies. As I pointed out in other files, we should think of "culture" as "social technology". It can be analyzed, developed, and passed around. The La Tomatina festival, for example, has already spread to Columbia, and in August, 2010, it spread to the city of Reno, Nevada. Maybe La Tomatina will soon be occurring in your city, or since culture can be modified just like other types of technology, perhaps your city will acquire a modification of it, such as a whipped cream-spraying festival.

5) Each of us has an influence over our culture. The subtle differences in our personalities and intellectual abilities causes us to be attracted to, neutral about, and repelled by different attitudes and activities. As a result, each of us encourages and discourages certain activities. For example, the people who enjoy food fights are likely to encourage this type of activity, whereas people who are disgusted by food fights are likely to dampen this activity, and the people who tend to behave like sheep will neither promote nor discourage the food fights.

What effect do you have on culture?
Would a tomato fight put you into a romantic mood?
Have you ever wondered what effect you have over culture? In 2004, at an event at which the "9/11 truth seekers" would not let me give this speech to the main audience, I encouraged people to wonder what a planet would be like if everybody was exactly like you. Now consider what your effect would be on holidays, sports, hobbies, and other leisure activities. Do you encourage food fights? Do you promote the "feel sorry for the Underdog" attitude? Do you promote toilet humor, inheritances, nepotism, or the concept that some people should be allowed to be extremely wealthy? Which aspects of Christmas do you encourage, and which aspects do you dampen?

The culture of every nation is evolving in a haphazard manner as a result of both inadvertent and deliberate influences of individuals, businesses, religions, think tanks, charities, and other groups. The image that appears in my mind is a group of fish that are drifting about aimlessly. However, there is an important difference between humans and fish. If you divide a group of fish into several smaller groups, each group will appear to be identical to one another, regardless of which fish we put together. The reason is because there is almost no difference between any of the fish. There is more variety among humans than among the animals. Therefore, if we were to separate people into different societies according to their personality, each society would end up with noticeably different culture.

As I write this article, I find a news report about a 12-year-old British boy who was selected for an award, and apparently the adults were encouraged to allow the boy to put a pie in their face. If you were in control of television, and if you were giving an award to a boy for outstanding behavior, would you reward the boy by encouraging adults to allow him to do something obnoxious?

Everything about a society is a reflection of the minds of the people. Their architecture, clothing, economic system, television shows, and holidays are an indication of the type of minds that dominate that society. Some people would respond that America and other nations are actually dominated by a small crime network, but that's not quite true. Our nations are actually dominated by sheep who have so little interest in society that they allow a small network of criminals to control the media, government, schools, and businesses. The sheep won't do anything to help their nation. All they do is titillate themselves with food, sex, money, babies, dogs, video games, gambling, prostitution, pornography, and other silly entertainment.

Example 2: the Guinness Book of World Records
The Guinness Book of World Records was created as a "marketing tool". The director of the Guinness Brewery created the "Guinness Book of Records", which was a small reference book that was distributed for free to bars. The book was intended to provide the people at the bar with entertainment, and at the same time, expose them to the name of the Guinness brewery. However, many people found the book to be so entertaining that the men who produced it realized that they could expand it and sell it, so it evolved into a separate business operation. 

Eventually somebody decided to do something that had never been done before simply so that he could become an entry in the book. Later another person decided to become an entry, and then another, and today there are people all over the world looking for a way to become an entry, such as the most spoons balanced on a person's face.

That book is inadvertently altering our culture by encouraging people to spend time, and sometimes money, looking for ways to become an entry into this book, but how does the human race benefit from this? I don't think we're benefiting at all. In fact, even the people who publish the book came to the conclusion that the situation was getting out of control, so they now prevent certain types of activities from being allowed in the book. For example, they no longer allow alcohol-related entries, and they don't allow entries regarding the weight of animals because some people were deliberately over-feeding animals in order to create the fattest cat or the fattest dog. If you're not familiar with how silly this situation has become, here are some videos of world records:

Furthest throw of a person
Most bras unhooked in a minute
Most toilet seats broken over a person's head in one minute
I have the world's largest collection of random numbers!
The Book of World Records is an example of how our social activies are developing and changing haphazardly, and  if we were to analyze the history of our activities, we would have a much better understanding of our culture, and that would help us decide if we want to abandon some of these activities, modify others, or create some new ones. Everybody should stop behaving like a fish and start asking themself: "Why am I doing this? Do I really get satisfaction from this? Is this the best I can do with my leisure time?"

We want to do something during our leisure time, but why waste your time and money on worthless activities? Taking a walk through the neighborhood would be more useful than what some people are doing because walking provides some exercise

Example 3: the ice and snow sculptures 

Every society that has snow during the winter has developed the custom of making artistic sculptures out of snow and ice.

Some businesses get involved with these activities for profit, and some governments get involved to promote tourism, but most people get involved with these activities for fun.

Some of the participants in the festivals in Sapporo, Japan and Harbin, China work in teams to create gigantic snow and ice sculptures.

One reason culture changes: We get carried away trying to impress each other
One of the reasons our leisure activities change haphazardly through the years is because men enjoy competing with each other, and they can inadvertently alter an activity as they try to impress one another. For example, when a man creates something out of ice, it can inspire another man to compete with him and try to create something better. Then another man may be inspired to put even more effort into a sculpture in order to impress the other men. Then another man is inspired to join the competition, and he may put even more time and effort into his creation. Soon the men are not just spending an hour or two on their sculptures; they are spending an entire day. Eventually this leads to several men working as a team, and soon they are working together for a week. Eventually there are dozens of men working together, and for an entire month.
When we mindlessly follow our cravings to impress one another, and when we never look at where we have been or where we are going, we can easily end up putting absurd amounts of time or resources into activities that have no actual benefit. In some cases, we might even take ridiculous risks to our health or life. For example, a woman in New Jersey is trying to become the world's fattest woman. Or is this just another publicity stunt?

It's important that we understand our emotions and regularly look critically at our activities and where we are heading or we could end up doing what we refer to as getting carried away, or going too far, or getting out of control. Some activities don't require any significant time, money, or land area, such as Graham Barker's world record collection of "naval fluff", but the ice and snow festivals are an example of how a lot of very talented people are putting a lot of effort into an activity that provides only temporary entertainment.

There is nothing wrong with entertainment, but one of the points I want to make in this article is that simply by making a few modifications to some of our activities, they can remain just as entertaining while at the same time providing something of value to us. Why put a lot of time and effort into an activity when the final result is a puddle of water? I think that we have the ability to create activities that are just as much fun, but are much more useful. We should think of leisure activities the same way we think of cell phones, refrigerators, and automobiles. Specifically, as "technology" that we can analyze and improve. We should be discussing such issues as:

What do we gain from our current activities?
Which of our activities should we stop promoting?
Which could be modified to make them more useful or entertaining?

We have the talent to fake a man on the moon, so why can't we figure out better ways of spending our leisure time?

We can improve our activities
We don't care what the competition is, we just want to compete
It's important to understand that men love to compete with one another, but our emotions don't care what the competition is. As a result, we must provide guidance to our activities or we end up in competitions that are idiotic, worthless, risky, or destructive. For example, have you noticed how many eating contests are being held in the world today? Ken Edwards set the record of eating 36 cockroaches in 1 minute. Did you know that there are organizations involved with promoting and supervising some of the eating contests? For example, there is the International Federation of Competitive Eating, and the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters.

How extreme does this behavior have to get before people start asking themselves, "Is this the best way we can spend our leisure time?" What if there were so many people practicing to set the World's Record for Cockroach Eating, that 20% of the population was involved with cockroach farms, distributing packages of cockroaches to markets, and creating sexually titillating advertisements to promote their particular brand of cockroach?

Most people are wasting their leisure time
A lot of people enjoy "arts and crafts" activities, and some of them produce useful items, but there are so many people producing similar items that there is an excessive supply of them. For example, have you seen the amount and variety of toothpick art, or paper art, or cork art, or plastic bottle art? There is also thumbtack art, but pushpin art seems more popular today. Every society needs art, but most of these people are wasting their time and talent.
Patrick Acton spent 3000 hours building this amazing city of match sticks.

Some women spend hours each week with elaborate fingernail decorations.

It should be obvious that we don't care what the competition is; we just want to impress one another. So why not create competitions that provide some benefit to us?
How could we fail to improve upon chaos?
How can I be so confident that the human race is capable of creating more useful, more beneficial activities? It's very simple! Almost all of our social activities developed inadvertently and haphazardly. If we were to spend time thinking about activities, how could we not develop activities that are better than what has been developing inadvertently? Do you realize how stupid we would have to be in order to fail at improving upon activities that were never designed by anybody? How could we not improve upon something that is haphazard?
Activities for entertainment and relaxation are useful, also
Since I'm complaining about activities being "worthless", I'd like to point out that not every leisure activity has to provide a benefit to society. Some activities can provide benefit to the participant. For example, sometimes we may enjoy a ride on a bicycle or walk in a park. When we do a lot of physical work during the day we will often enjoy relaxing during our leisure time while other people entertain us with singing, dancing, or sports. If we lived in a city that had lakes or canals, we might sometimes enjoy relaxing in a rowboat alone, or with our friend, spouse, or family.

I have no objection to activities that don't provide a benefit to society. Rather, I am pointing out that there are some people who are putting a lot of time and effort, and sometimes a lot of money, into activities that they themselves don't actually benefit from, and which nobody appreciates. I think the human race has the talent to create a wide variety of activities that provide some significant benefits to society and/or to the participant. We shouldn't get involved with an activity simply to avoid boredom.

"Coordinated Activities" would make leisure activities more useful
There are different ways of making our leisure activities more useful. I'll refer to one method as "coordinated activities", for lack of a better phrase. Of course, this would require a much higher quality government than we currently have, and it would require that our cities have more recreational buildings available to us, but don't worry about that. Consider our potential, not what you see in the world right now.
People who like arts and crafts could contribute to larger projects, such as glass enclosures for public recreational areas.
For the arts and crafts activities, they could be designed and coordinated so that instead of people working on silly projects, they each contribute a small amount to a much larger project that society benefits from. For example, they could build some beautiful buildings for themselves to work in, and then they could work on other projects, such as structures for other recreational activities, murals for train stations, and flowerpots for the city streets. Through the decades they would make the city increasingly beautiful. I'll give some more examples later in this article.

For the non-arts and crafts activities, such as those that produce food, or teach dancing, singing, or other entertainment, they could be coordinated so that some groups make different food products, and other groups provide entertainment. During the day people work on whatever their activity is, and then in the evening, the people would be able to feed and entertain one another.

There are different ways of setting up this concept of "coordinated activities". One variation would be similar to the concept behind the television show Dancing with the Stars. In that show, some professional dancers teach other people how to dance over a period of a few months. Part of the entertainment comes from watching them dance, and part of the entertainment is watching them go through the process of learning how to dance and discovering their abilities, weaknesses, limitations, and frustrations.

Imagine that the city holds a fair on a Saturday and arranges for a dozen or more different activities during the afternoon, all of which are similar to that television show in which some professionals teach people about some activity. One group might learn about grinding grains and making different types of bread, and another group might learn how to make sausages, and another group might learn how to carve watermelon into artistic shapes. Some of the other groups would learn how to sing, dance, or whatever forms of entertainment that the people were interested in learning about and experimenting with.

During the day the people would learn their activity, and by the evening, the people producing the food would be able to feed the people, as well as entertain them with their carved cantaloupes or artistic breads, and the food would be safe and tasty because the professionals would make sure that everything was made properly. After dinner, some of the people involved with the entertainment activities would be able to perform for the people.

These coordinated activities would be more useful than the existing activities because these would do a much better job of getting a lot of people together to socialize, and it would help people to learn new activities, discover their abilities and limitations, and in some cases, get exercise. At the same time, their activities are beneficial to society because these activities would have a useful end result; namely, the people would feed and entertain one another. Their efforts would be appreciated, not wasted.

These coordinated activities would be designed according to the ages and interests of the people. For example, the younger, more active people would have more food and more physically active activities compared to the older people.

Life is more fun when you work with friends
If you were regularly getting involved with coordinated activities, you would get to know a lot of the other people who were involved. This brings me to an important point that I don't think many people understand. Specifically, doing activities with friends will bring more satisfaction to your life than sitting in front of a television and watching other people do things. It is better to be a participant with friends rather than a voyeur of strangers.

Many people have the attitude that the key to happiness is to become rich, famous, and then retire, and be pampered by servants. However, if you lived in a city in which you enjoyed the people you were living with, you would have much more fun getting together with them and doing things together. Your meals would be more fun if you were involved with making them, or if you knew people who were involved. And entertainment is more satisfying when you are involved in some manner, or if people you know are involved. Even taking a ride in a rowboat will be more fun when you or somebody you know had some involvement with building or maintaining the boat, or helping to create or maintain the lake. You need some emotional connection to life to truly enjoy it. The fantasy of being pampered like a baby is very appealing, but it's not satisfying, except when you are tired, crippled, sick, or physically weak.

The USA is not suited to coordinated social activities
We cannot yet implement the type of activities that I will mention in this file because we don't yet have the proper government or economic system. Our cities don't even have the recreational areas that we would need, and our government leaders don't have the desire or the ability to arrange for coordinated activities. Furthermore, if a nation such as America were to arrange for these coordinated activities, they would become a random mixture of people, some of whom speak different languages, and most of whom would not like or trust one another.

Another serious problem would be that some people would get involved with these activities because they were lonely and looking for a spouse, so they would be pursuing other people during these activities rather than working as a team member, and this would be irritating for the people they were pursuing, especially if one person was homosexual and the other wasn't.

We need to help people find a spouse
This brings me to another important point about leisure activities. We should create some activities specifically to help people find friends and a spouse. When a society doesn't have any activities that are truly useful for men and women to meet each other, then what happens is that businesses, churches, and crime networks try to exploit the lonely people, and the lonely people will try to exploit other activities for finding a spouse. If, instead, we create some specific activities for people to find friends and a spouse, then all of the other activities can forbid that type of behavior. I think that would be much better than the situation we have right now in which lonely people are subverting or exploiting other activities.

By having activities specifically for people to find a spouse, then men and women could get involved together without worrying about being pursued. For example, a young, attractive, single woman would be able to join a dance or food related activity without fear of men groping her, or making lewd remarks, or being "persistent" or "aggressive". If any of the men began pursuing her, the other men would tell those men to stop, or if a man was going too far, he would be thrown out of the activity and told to go to one of the activities that are intended for people to find a spouse. Of course, this would require that the men actually do what men are supposed to do, which is stand up to bad behavior and provide leadership.

This brings me to a concept I mentioned before; namely, that a society can only be as good as its people. Most men right now are doing absolutely nothing to help society. They don't care that the Jews are lying about the Holocaust or the 9/11 attack, and they do nothing about the men who grope women in crowded trains. They also ignore the women who deceive men into marriage, and they ignore the children who spray graffiti in the city. Thousands of years ago, virtually all of the men were capable of being a leader, but today most men can't even provide leadership for their own wife or children.

How do we create new activities? We experiment!
If you understand my concept that culture is "social technology", then it should be easy to realize that we can improve culture in the same manner that we improve our "physical technology." It's difficult for an engineer to develop a completely new product, but it's easy for him to improve an existing product. He simply spends time thinking about and discussing different variations, and then he experiments

This is exactly how we can improve our culture. It would be difficult for us to develop completely new activities, but it would be easy for us to improve an existing activity. However, it's important to realize that we cannot "figure out" what will be an improvement. We need the same attitude as an engineer; namely, we have to experiment with different possibilities, observe the results, and then do some more experiments.

We have to abandon the crude, primitive attitude that person who questions his culture is a "traitor". We must be willing to look critically at our nation, our culture, and ourselves, and we must be willing to experiment with new activities, new governments, and new economic systems. Nothing will improve unless we start experimenting with ourselves. We can't be afraid. We need people to become "social pioneers" who climb into a virtual covered wagon and join the other pioneers in an exploration of our culture.
Enjoy the experiments!
For a simple example of how easy and safe it is to experiment with activities, one of the contestants on the television show Dancing with the Stars was a basketball player, and there wass a video (it has since disappeared) of two of them having a few moments of fun with a basketball. They never did anything with this concept, but somebody could experiment with using some type of ball in their dance routine. Magicians do tricks with balls and other objects, and rhythmic gymnasts use ribbons, hoops, and other objects, so if dancers were to experiment, they might develop some new dance routines with balls or other objects. That particular television show isn't designed for such experimentation, but another show could be "Experimental Dances with the Stars".
Perhaps lots of dancers have already experimented with balls, and they came to the conclusion that it's ridiculous. However, my point is that it's very easy and perfectly safe for us to experiment with new activities. We won't hurt ourselves. There isn't a right or wrong way to spend your leisure time. We must start contemplating culture and experimenting with it.

The activity is irrelevant.
Humans do not have any inherent craving for any particular leisure activity. We want to do something during our leisure time, but it doesn't matter what we do. There isn't anything in particular that we have to do in order to enjoy life. Therefore, we could create a variety of leisure activities, some of which allow people to contribute to larger projects that have value. For example, people who like the "arts and crafts" activities could contribute to projects in which they decorate train stations, bridges, parks, and even public bathrooms. These people could be doing something to improve life for everybody rather than merely occupy their leisure time with worthless activities that nobody appreciates.

The competition is irrelevant, also!
We enjoy competing with one another and impressing one another, but our emotions don't care what the competition is. This allows us to design competitive activities that provide some benefit to the participants and/or society. At the moment, most people are involved with thousands of silly competitions, but we could be competing in a useful manner, such as competing to see which team of artists can create the most beautiful mural for the city, or the most decorative bridge for the city park, or the nicest rowboat for a lake. We could also compete to entertain one another with singing, dancing, and meals.

We have the ability to cooperate, so why not do it?
As of today, there is no significant city planning for the architecture of the buildings, the layout of the city, the transportation systems, or even the artistic decorations of the city. Humans have the ability to work in teams, but we are not working together when we design our cities. Actually, we don't "design" cities. Instead, we allow cities to develop haphazardly. We allow individual people and businesses to build homes, roads, farms, and other structures wherever they please, and in virtually any architectural style that they please. Our governments have created a few zoning regulations, but that doesn't qualify as "city planning".
. As of today, the decoration of a city is sparse and haphazard.

Why not provide ourselves with a government that can plan and coordinate the decoration of the cities?

We should take advantage of our ability to work together by setting aside some aspects of the city for leisure activities. It wouldn't be practical for people to build a train system in their leisure time, but it would be practical for people to contribute to murals, tiles, and colored glass windows for the train stations. All we need to do is provide ourselves with an honest, respectable government that is capable of arranging for a plan to decorate the city, and then setting aside some of the work as leisure activities, and coordinating all of the activities.

A person would be able to look through the activities and attend whichever one happened to appeal to him. There would be no commitment. These activities would be operated by the city, so they would not be profit-making ventures. Their purpose would be to help people learn new activities, discover their abilities, meet people, socialize, and at the same time, help contribute to making the city a nicer place for everybody.

These tiles are on a bench in Italy
The painting and firing of decorative tiles could become a leisure activity if city officials would plan and coordinate such activities.
Of course, since arts and crafts activities require some education, talent, and experience, you couldn't do just anything you pleased. Instead, the supervisors would have to pass judgment on your abilities and assign a task that they felt you are capable of doing properly. Or, if they did not think you were ready for anything, they would provide you with some training.

If we were to provide ourselves with this type of government and arrange for these type of activities, we would discover that lots of "temperamental" artists would refuse to get involved because they would complain about being forced to follow the government's artistic plan. They would whine that they need the "artistic freedom" to do as they please. Some of them would also have a temper tantrum if the supervisors of the project told them that their artistic abilities were not good enough to work on the tasks that they wanted to work on. However, we should not feel sorry for the artists who are too mentally ill or anti-social to work in a team. We should design society for the higher quality people.

Why do work during your leisure time?
If you wonder why a person would volunteer for an activity in which he glazes tiles for a public bathroom or helps to paint a mural along the wall of a train station, my response is: What is "work"? What is "play"? We have different ideas on what is entertaining. Some people enjoy spending hours a day practicing tennis, playing musical instruments, or decorating their fingernails.

If we lived in a city in which we enjoyed the people we lived among, and if we respected the leaders of the city, and if the city were to provide activities in which we could do something useful for the city, then I'm sure there would be some people who would enjoy getting involved with those particular activities. I think that a lot of people who are currently involved with idiotic projects simply don't know what else to do.

I think the first thing we need to do is create a better society with respectable leadership, and then we can start experimenting with different types of leisure activities. And we have to keep in mind that these activities are just like automobiles and refrigerators; specifically, we can't simply create them and then ignore them. We have to create them, and then we have to observe the results and look for ways to improve them to make them more useful and more enjoyable. Developing better activities will be a continuous process that will go on and on and on.

Furthermore, when you contribute to a useful project, such as the tiles of a public bathroom or the murals of a train station, then when you go into those bathrooms or train stations, it will have more meaning to you. You will get more satisfaction from your city when you have contributed to it, even if you've contributed only a few hours of work.

Morale is too low in America
One of the reasons that people today would not be interested in joining a leisure activity that provides some benefit to society is because many of us are disgusted with our society. Not many people have fantasies of getting together to make our public bathrooms or train stations more attractive, for example. Instead, a lot of people have fantasies of killing government officials, news reporters, business executives, and school officials. We don't think about helping to excavate an area for an artificial lake. Rather, some of us think about excavating a big pit so that we can throw the criminals into it.

In order for people to develop an interest in doing something for society, morale has to be much higher than it is today. As I pointed out in one of my earlier files, morale is more important than most people seem to realize. We have to respect the people in leadership positions, not fantasize about killing them. And we must be proud of our fellow citizens, not afraid of them or concerned that they are going to kidnap children, burglarize houses, or deceive us into friendship or marriage.

We should create activities to help us meet people
Douglas Hines with his creation, "Roxxxy"
There are so many people in the world that each of us should be able to easily find a spouse and friends, but enormous numbers of people are very lonely despite the incredible selection available to us. Many people react to the loneliness by getting involved with dating services, using dogs as a substitute for friend, or getting involved with people they don't really like simply because they would rather be in a mediocre relationship than to be alone. There are some people developing extremely lifelike dolls and robots that will substitute as a sexual partner. With so many people around us, how could there be so much loneliness? I think some reasons are:
Our societies are no longer homogenous.
America may be the most extreme example of a nation that is a mix of different races, personalities, languages, and attitudes. America also has lots of people with very serious mental disorders.

Secrecy is encouraged.
We don't merely tolerate secrecy; we encourage it. For example, we hide our medical history, school records, and other background information. We don't consider a person to be disgusting or deceptive if they lie about their drug use, criminal background, mental illness, S&M activities, or alcoholism. Some people have even lied about their venereal diseases and deliberately allowed the disease to spread to their partner.

Most existing activities are useless for meeting people.
Most people have hobbies, sports, and other leisure activities in which they are either alone most of the time, or they get together with the same group of people over and over.

We're not going to reduce loneliness with dating services, dogs, or sex robots. I think the best solution is to make cities more homogenous, and to stop allowing secrecy. You should change your attitudes toward secrecy. If you spend some of your time getting to know a person and later discover that he has been deceiving you about some of his awful qualities, you should not dismiss his deception as meaningless. You should consider it as a sign that he is a manipulative person. And you should also consider that he has wasted a portion of your life. You should not tolerate people who deceive you. You should try to find people who are honest, courteous, and respectable, not parasitic, dishonest, or ashamed of themselves. Ideally, we wouldn't have to worry that somebody is trying to manipulate us into becoming their spouse, employer, or friend.

We need help in meeting people. We are no longer living in the small, friendly nomadic tribes that are natural to us. We are now living among strangers. When I was a child, our mothers would sometimes introduce children to one another and help us to get acquainted, but mothers don't seem to do that as often today, and nobody is doing it for the adults. Certainly the human race has the intelligence and creativity to develop a variety of activities that will help people meet one another in a comfortable setting.

There are lots of dating services and related activities that supposedly help adults meet each other, but the main priority of most of them is profit. Or, the person who started the service is primarily interested in finding a spouse for himself. These businesses exploit lonely people. We need cultural activities that truly help people to meet one another. I think the only way to deal with this problem is to start experimenting with different activities, and the government should assist so that there is no concern for profit. For example, the government could provide the recreational buildings and areas.

Better activities require better leaders
With CNC equipment, instead of cutting up ice for temporary entertainment, we could cut rocks for paths in a city park, as well as cut materials for lots of other useful projects.
If the craftsmen who contributed to those amazing ice sculptures in the photos above were to switch from carving ice to carving more durable materials, they wouldn't be able to accomplish much during just one winter, but over a span of years they would be able to complete some impressive projects for their city. Instead of entertaining people with ice statues, bridges, and murals that melt after a couple months, the residents of their city would be able to watch them over a span of years as they built real statues, bridges, murals for their train stations, decorative paths and gardens for their parks, and more artistic tiles, sinks, and doors for their public bathrooms. Each year they would make the city more beautiful. People centuries in the future would appreciate their work.

However, in order for a group of citizens to contribute to these type of more useful projects, we must have a much higher quality government. Those type of projects require a government to design the project and provide for land and other resources. This requires a government that is honest, has a true interest in society, and has the ability to design and supervise these type of large projects.

At the moment, our governments, businesses, schools, and media are dominated by freaks who have no interest in improving society. They are trying to get control of society, not look for ways to improve it. If we could read minds, I'm sure we would find that our government leaders are not spending any of their time wondering how to make our cities nicer, or how to improve life for the human race. Instead, we would discover that they spend their time thinking about how to get rid of their competitors, how to have sex with more children, and how to make more money.

The people who dominate the media, schools, and government have no interest in inspiring us into looking at history to see where we have been or where we are going. Instead, they are constantly lying to us about current events and history. They are trying to deceive and manipulate us. They are filling our history books, television news, talk shows, magazines, and newspapers with lies and propaganda. They are trying to control and suppress us. They do not want us to analyze or discuss anything. They want us to be passive servants who mindlessly obey. They don't want us to get together, do research, or discuss issues. They do not encourage us to analyze our culture or our attitudes, and they do not encourage us to discuss ways to improve society. They don't want us thinking of improvements. They don't want us thinking at all. They want us to obey them. Their primary fear is competition.

What type of leisure activities would be useful?
With CNC equipment, we can create more than ice sculptures
With CNC equipment, ordinary people can easily assist with the cutting of rocks, wood, and glass and create the type of decorative paths, walls, fountains, and bridges that we fantasize about.
It wasn't practical for our ancestors to cut rock or metal during their leisure time, but modern CNC equipment makes it easy. The CNC equipment is also becoming less expensive and easier to use. There are already maintenance departments at some schools that are purchasing this equipment for their internal use. 

Therefore, a city government could provide a recreational building for the public, and fill it with CNC equipment, as well as provide professional assistance to train people and supervise the activities. The government could also provide wood, rocks, plastics, glasses, metals, and other raw materials. The government could also provide CNC embroidery machines, lasers, and plasma torches to enable other types of projects.

If we lived in that type of city, then we could easily join any of the activities whenever we were in the mood, and we would be able to contribute a small amount of work to a useful project. Some people would need some training, but even if only a small percentage of the population was interested in learning how to use the equipment, and even if each of the people contributed only a few afternoons per year, over a span of years they would be able to create some impressive projects for the city. The investment would be small, but the benefits would be tremendous. Furthermore, the equipment wouldn't have to sit idle during the weekday. Schools would be able to use it for training students, and it would be useful for maintenance departments, scientific labs, and other groups. The equipment would not be wasted.

Robots will enable an even greater variety of activities
As technology improves, a smaller number of people will be able to accomplish increasingly impressive jobs, and in less time. Robots will soon be able to do paintings. Actually, the type of printer that we refer to as a "plotter" has been able to pick up colored pens since the 1980's, but we need to develop more advanced robots so that people can design artwork on their computer, and the robots can convert that computer artwork into different sizes of oil paintings, glazed tiles, murals for walls, and glazed flowerpots.

Eventually robots will become advanced enough to help with the laying out of bricks and cobblestones for streets, foot paths, sidewalks, and patios. Designing a decorative patio with the assistance of robots would make it possible to create intricate patterns, and it would be so easy to design the patio that people could do it as a leisure activity. The robots would cut up the rocks, bricks, and other materials, and then lay them out in the appropriate pattern, regardless of how complex that pattern might be.

As of today, almost all walls, fences, and paths are either flat or circular arcs. With robots, we can make curved shapes of any complexity, and we can mix rocks and bricks of different sizes, shapes, and colors. We can make artificial creeks and pools of various shapes and sizes out of rocks of different shapes and sizes. With robots, all we would have to do is design the structures. It would be difficult for humans to cut up thousands of different shaped pieces and then assemble them in the correct order, but it would be easy for computers to do this.

Even though we don't yet have robots to do this work for us, CNC equipment makes these jobs much easier.

We could make much nicer cities if some people would abandon their worthless hobbies and provide some assistance for more useful projects.

Even if only a small percentage of the city's population was interested in getting involved with these type of arts and crafts activities, all of us would benefit by encouraging people to do these more useful activities. Our cities could become works of art rather than monotonous rectangular buildings that are laid out on a monotonous grid of dreary concrete and asphalt.

Why not hire people to decorate the city?

The concept of people spending some of their leisure time to carve rocks for the city or to create decorative tiles for a public bathroom might seem ridiculous. You might respond, "Why not pay people to do these jobs?"

Some of the work that we do today is so complicated that it needs full-time employees. For example, designing jet engines require a lot of special skills and training, and the engineers need to put a lot of time and effort into the work. However, there are a lot of tasks that don't require full-time effort, and some of  those tasks could be set aside for people to do as a leisure activity. The city would provide the raw materials, equipment, and supervision for the activities, and the supervisors would have to pass judgment on which tasks each person was capable of handling. However, even though professional help would be needed, and even though the people would be working only sporadically, modern technology allows one person to do a lot of work, so their efforts would add up through the years.

This is not 10,000 BC. You have to watch a modern CNC machine to understand how one person can accomplish a lot of work by himself. Unfortunately, even though the Internet is full of videos of CNC machines, the audio is usually just the machine making noise. However, here you can watch a wood router, and here is a face being cut in foam. All you have to do is watch these videos for a few moments to learn the important lesson; namely, the CNC machine is doing all the work. The human simply designs the part on a computer.

There are thousands of people who are spending a lot of their leisure time on arts and crafts activities, and some of them have low-cost CNC equipment. Most of these people are just wasting their time on projects that nobody appreciates. If they were offered the opportunity to contribute something more useful, and if the city were to provide all of the equipment and raw materials necessary, some of them would certainly switch from silly activities to helping to make the city much more beautiful and decorative. Why not let these people do something useful? Why not take advantage of their talents?

They could work on projects that you normally wouldn't want to pay people for, including such "wild" projects as artificial canals that are lined with rocks. They could even cut up blocks of colored glass and use the glass pieces to line some sections of the canal to make it appear as if the water is passing through a field of jewels. They could install low level LEDs in the water to illuminate it at night, and they could put LEDs along the walkways, bicycle paths, and bridges.

Where do you want resources to go?
Modern technology allows a small number of people to provide all of society with food, electricity, and other basic necessities for survival today. The majority of people could be working on useful projects. However, with our current government and economic system, and with our current attitudes towards crime, an enormous percentage of the population are doing jobs of no value, or they are involved with crime networks.

We could put our resources into beautiful buildings, sidewalks, and public structures for recreation and socializing. We could create artificial lakes and canals. We could provide our cities with greenhouses so that every city can produce a lot of food that doesn't grow in their area. You might respond that greenhouses and artificial canals would be expensive to build and maintain, but take a look at how much of our resources are being wasted every year right now on worthless government employees, Israel, insurance companies, think tanks, charities, state lotteries, jails, and religion.

We are currently putting enormous amounts of resources into supporting tens of millions of worthless parasites, and criminals, as well as providing rich people with yachts, private jets, and mansions. We also put resources into airport security to protect ourselves from nonexistent terrorists. We also have lots of engineering talent going into the development of sex robots, products for pets, and realistic baby dolls for adult women. If we change our priorities, and if we stand up to the criminals and parasites, then we could put our resources into our cities, and then we would be able to easily provide ourselves with spectacular buildings, parks, farms, and artificial canals.

Furthermore, if we remove criminals from society and reduce crime and vandalism to very low levels, then we can change the design of our city. For example, we would not need bright, white lights all over the city for security purposes, or steel gratings over the windows and doors. The city could be designed to be more decorative, and the lighting could be at a very low level. We could make more of our walls, doors, and staircases out of clear, frosted, colored, and etched glass, thereby allowing more sunlight to get into the buildings during the day. At night we could use low level lights to illuminate doors, staircases, and pools, and identify the boundary of walkways and bicycle paths. The lower levels of light would also make it easier to see the stars.

At the moment, LEDs are used mainly for amusement, and usually to an extreme, such as at the Nabana no Sato park and the Kiso Sansen Park, but if we lived in a city in which we didn't fear one another, we  could use LEDs in a decorative manner.
Some people already do a lot of work during their leisure time!
There are millions of people doing a lot of work during their leisure time, but there's no guidance for leisure activities. As a result, most people end up doing activities that serve no purpose. If we had guidance, then some activities could be designed so that people are contributing to larger, more useful projects. Furthermore, and more importantly, even if you spend only a few hours a year in these activities, the city will provide more emotional satisfaction to you. The buildings, parks, and bicycle paths of the city will have more meaning to you if you've spent at least a bit of your time helping to design, build, or maintain some of them.

The fantasy of being pampered by servants is very appealing, but you will actually enjoy life more when you get together with other people and do something useful for society. The stone path covered by wisteria flowers (below) is attractive, but it would have a much greater emotional meaning to you if you helped create or maintain it, even if you contributed only one afternoon.

More examples of how history can help us understand our activities
Example 4: The "Locks of Love"
Some "locks of love" around a lamppost in Italy.
A company that makes locks has this page of photos that shows locks on lampposts, fences, and trees in different cities around the world. They are referred to as "locks of love" because people write messages on the locks, such as "I love you", and then attach the lock to some object in the city, and then throw away the key.

Unlike the world records, which could be described as harmless entertainment, these "locks of love" are an example of how history can help us to realize that one of our activities is heading in the direction of becoming a public nuisance. We should get into the habit of asking ourselves such questions as:
  How did this activity get established?
  How has it evolved through the years?
  Where is it headed?
  Who benefits from it?
  What effect does it have on society?
  Should we continue practicing it as it is, improve it, or eliminate it?

How did the locks of love activity get established?
Most of our activities began in such an inadvertent and haphazard manner that we can't figure out exactly when they started or who started them. However, it is important that we make an effort to determine how an activity got established because in some cases the activity is diabolical. For example, businesses are involved with creating and exploiting holidays, such as Mother-In-Law's Day, and the diamond companies are responsible for the custom of giving diamonds to women. Businesses, churches, and crime networks are constantly struggling to modify our culture for selfish and usually disgusting purposes.

The "locks of love" activity is assumed to have started in Hungary during the 1980s. If there had been video documentation of the world for the past few decades, we might be able to discover the first person to write a message on a lock and attach it to a public structure. It's possible that this custom was started by a company that makes locks, but I doubt it because there are people all over the world doing all sorts of idiotic things to convince another person that they love them. So I suppose the first person to do a "lock of love" was either desperately trying to convince somebody that they were in love, or they were mentally ill and actually believed that this was some sort of expression of their love. And I suspect that the initial reaction of most people who noticed the lock was to assume that somebody forgot his lock, and that he would soon return to pick it up. However, the lock remained day after day. Eventually that person added a second lock, or some other desperate or mentally ill person was inspired to add a lock. Then there were two locks. Eventually hundreds of people were adding locks to the structure. This brings up some important issues to think about.

We ignore badly behaved people
The "love locks" are similar to the tomato fight festivals. Both were started by what most people would probably describe as undesirable members of society. Most people's reaction to the "love locks" and the tomato fights is to ignore them, just as they ignore graffiti, orphans, retards, homeless people, and the lies about the 9/11 attack. The police try to control crazy people rather than remove them from society. For example, in Reno, Nevada, the tomato fight was set up in an area where they wouldn't bother the rest of the city. And in one of the cities of Hungary, the police have designated a certain fence for people to attach the locks.

You might find it amusing to imagine an extreme example of this attitude. Imagine a society in which the people were so emotionally weak that they couldn't stand up to murderers. Imagine the police setting aside a certain building for criminals to take their victims to be murdered so that the other people wouldn't be bothered by the gunshots, screams, blood, and dead bodies.

Why are the "Love Lock" people so irresponsible?
In addition to making the city look ugly with locks, these people toss their keys on the streets or in the river. In Korea, the city officials became so fed up with this littering they put a special trash container near the locks for people to dispose of the keys. This brings up some interesting issues.

1)  Why is littering of keys acceptable?
How is a person who tosses a key into a river or on a city street any better than a person who tosses a plastic bag in a river or on a street? If you decided to attach a lock to a public structure, would you throw the key on the street or in a river? Or would you put it in your pocket and then later dispose of it in a trash can or a recycling bin? I think that the irresponsible behavior of the "Love Lock" people is evidence that they are mentally ill, childish, or more like a savage. We can also see this concept at music concerts. Specifically, some concerts attract people who are neat and polite, and other concerts attract people who leave enormous amounts of garbage and vandalism.

2) How much abuse will we tolerate?
Imagine an extreme example. Imagine if there were so many people throwing keys into the river that the city had to continually send dredges to the river to remove the keys because they were interfering with the flow of water and the boats. If that is not extreme enough, consider my previous remark about a city that sets aside a certain building for criminals to conduct their murders, and now imagine that as the criminals leave the building, they toss their guns, knives, and baseball bats on the street and in the river, and imagine that the police get tired of cleaning up the weapons and so they put a special trash can next to the murder area with a sign that says, 

"Please dispose of weapons here after murdering your victim.
Thank you for your cooperation."

We are politely asking the badly behaved people to control their terrible behavior. We want to wonder, how abusive do people have to be before we change this policy and remove the badly behaved people? for three examples:

How abusive do the graffiti "artists" have to be?
What if the graffiti artists were driving around the city with giant tanks of paint and covering entire buildings and trees with paint? What if they decided to spray people in order to mark us with their gang logos?

How large of a percentage can PayPal and credit card companies get away with?
Credit card companies and PayPal take a percentage of financial transactions rather than a sensible fee that is based upon the actual work that they do. How abusive can they be before people complain? What if they took 75% of a financial transaction? Or what if the banks were doing this with checks? Imagine that you have to pay a $20 electricity bill, but because the banks take 90% of the check as a fee for processing the check, you have to write the check for $200 so that after the banks take their fee, there is $20 remaining to pay the electricity bill.

How wealthy will we allow people to become?
A lot of people have become extremely wealthy, at least according to their stock holdings, such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and the two men who were involved with starting Google. And nobody seems to know or care how much money the Rothschilds have, or other people involved with the banking system. How extreme does this situation have to get before people decide that they are no longer going to allow or tolerate these super-rich parasites?

Our economy encourages businesses to exploit, not provide guidance
The "locks of love" custom is another example of a serious problem of our current economic system; namely, all of the emphasis is on profit. Businesses have no incentive to improve society. The businesses that make locks have a financial incentive to encourage - not dampen - the "locks of love" activity. The executives of these companies could voluntarily choose to put society ahead of profit, but the type of people who are getting control of our businesses are not much interested in society.

Our economic system does not favor the intelligent, responsible men who want to analyze society's problems, study history and culture, and discuss methods to make life better for everybody. The men who are rising to the top in our economic system are those whose primary interest in life is money and status. They spend their time looking for ways to manipulate consumers, circumvent government laws, and exploit the problems of society. When they see crime increasing, they see an opportunity to sell more security devices or bodyguard services. When they see litter increase, they see an opportunity to sell more garbage cans or cleaning services.

We have to judge businessmen by how they behave and what they say, not by their job title, college diploma, or income level. They may have "intelligence", but they have the personality of a savage. They try to eliminate and cheat their competitors; not inspire them to do a better job. They fight for dominance; they don't study and discuss history, culture, or society's problems in order to find ways to make life better for all of us.

Respectable people try to improve society
Children pick up culture without questioning any of it, and our natural tendency is to become adults who are proud of our culture. We don't want to look critically at our culture. However, one of the points I want to make in this article is that our culture developed inadvertently and haphazardly, and it has been changing in a chaotic manner, and we should look critically at it and get control of it. Furthermore, our culture is influenced by criminals, lunatics, and savages, and we are foolish to tolerate their terrible influence over culture.

We should not consider people to be "patriotic" when they proudly boast about their culture. Instead, we should consider those people to be like stupid fish or sheep. A modern human should occasionally look at himself and his society in a critical manner in order to understand and improve himself and his society.

Example 5: Halloween
Halloween is more typical of our cultural activities because it got started so many centuries ago and in such a slow and inadvertent manner that we cannot find any clear beginning to it. However, we can look back at the past couple centuries to see how it has been evolving, and that can help us make decisions on whether we want to continue this practice, or make changes to it.

For example, consider the carving of pumpkins in a manner that promotes emotions of anger, violence, torture, death, and psychotic pleasure over somebody's misery. Why do we do this? Who benefits? Why don't we carve pumpkins in a manner that evokes pleasant feelings? Or why not carve them in abstract patterns that are neutral?

The "locks of love" activity is based on pleasant aspects of life, such as marriage, affection, and love. Why is Halloween associated with hatred, murder, dead bodies, senseless acts of torture, and skeletons? Why is Halloween also associated with such nonsensical fantasies as witches and ghosts?

Ideally, our school systems would provide enough of an education about culture that a father (or mother) would be able to provide his child with a sensible answer to such questions as, "Daddy, why do we carve horrible faces on pumpkins?"

An Irish artist, Daniel Maclise, made a painting of a Halloween party that he attended in 1832, (the full size and description is at this page). His painting shows Halloween as his friends celebrated it, which was an evening in which the adults got together to socialize, eat, dance, sing, play games, and entertain children. That painting reminds me of some of my own memories of Halloween from when I was very young. Some adults in the neighborhood would have a party, and they would offer the children apple cider, donuts, and pumpkin pie.

Halloween was fun in the early 1960's, when I was a young child, at least in the neighborhoods where I lived. All of us children would wander around the neighborhoods to collect candy without any fear of adults, and we would eat the candy without worrying about razor blades or poison.

However, Halloween changed over the years. Today I see parents following the children around to provide protection from kidnappers and pedophiles, and some parents will not let their children eat the candy that they collect. Instead, they throw the candy in the garbage and buy replacement candy. I would say that Halloween has degraded so much that we should either eliminate it completely, or make changes to it so that it becomes more sensible.

Halloween is drifting aimlessly
Halloween began inadvertently many centuries ago, and it has been evolving haphazardly as a result of a lot of different influences. Some people promote the practice of children dressing up in costumes and collecting candy, and some people promote parties in which people get together to socialize, eat pumpkin pie, and drink apple cider. Some people are pushing Halloween into becoming a promotion of horror, such as torture, murder, dead bodies, S&M activities, suicide, ghosts, witches, and senseless suffering. Other people are promoting pranks and vandalism.
How do we benefit from these "horror" Halloween products and activities?
Most of the people who dominate our businesses don't care about the past, present, or future of Halloween. All they think about is how to exploit Halloween for profit. Therefore, an analysis of the products and services that have been selling for Halloween during the past few centuries can give some indication of how Halloween has been changing through time, and which aspects of it are popular enough for people to be willing to spend money on it. I haven't analyzed the history of Halloween products, but just looking at what's available in the stores today shows that there are a lot of products that promote the "horror" aspects of Halloween. This brings up issues that we ought to discuss, such as, how do the children or the adults benefit from these products? I personally would rather put our resources, engineering talent, and factories into producing something more useful.

Who is responsible for creating and promoting stories about vampires? Is it a coincidence that Count Dracula lives in Transylvania? Those stories have since spread to other nations, but we ought to consider the possibility that the vampires, zombies, torture chambers, and other horror aspects of Halloween are coming from those Eastern Europeans and other Asians who have a physical resemblance to Neanderthals.

Some people believe that Bram Stoker's Dracula novel is the result of Stoker mixing stories of the Prince of Transylvania, who apparently killed a lot of people, with stories of Countess Elizabeth Bathory de Ecsed of Hungary, a psychotic woman who supposedly took baths or drank the blood of virgins that she murdered. Considering that most historians are criminals or incompetent goofballs, I wouldn't trust any of their analyses, but I think it would be useful if we could do a real analysis of the horror aspects of Halloween in order to figure out where the stories came from, and who promotes them.

Have you seen the horror tattoos?
The Neanderthal creatures that dominate Hollywood and television also promote a lot of horror. Most people believe that the media gives us what we want, but after observing the Jews who are involved with covering up the 9/11 attack and other crimes, I suspect that the Jews in Hollywood promote the horror aspects of Halloween because they enjoy this material. Take a serious look at people such as Eli Roth. I don't think he promotes movies such as Hostel (I mentioned it here), because he sees a large market for such psychotic movies. I think he enjoys that material. And now he's going to make a movie called  "Psycho Killer". Is this the type of man that you want influencing society? We are fools to let these creatures ruin our culture with their psychotic and perverted violence.

Some people may respond that everybody has the right to produce whatever movies he pleases, and we can ignore movies that we don't like. This is a complex subject that I will discuss in an upcoming file. For now let me point out that we don't have freedom of speech, so this argument doesn't apply. You and I cannot produce alternative movies or television shows. A group of criminal Jews have gotten control of the media, and they are censoring those of us that they don't like, and they are forcing us to accept their sickening and disgusting violence, perversion, and toilet humor, along with their lies about the Holocaust, Nazis, and Arabs. We are fools to let them push their disgusting attitudes on us with the argument, "If you don't like it, don't watch it!"

MSNBC wrote this article about Eli Roth's five favorite horror movies. Why should we be informed of his favorite horror movies? Is that your idea of "news reporting"? MSNBC is part a crime network that is forcing their sickening attitudes on us; we do not have a "free press". We are being abused by these Jews. Children are growing up around their psychotic material, and parents do not have an option. For another example, according to some websites (such as this), the concept of a "Zombie" has been promoted primarily by Hollywood. The concept of Zombies has become so popular that there is now an annual Zombie Walk Festival in New Jersey. Some of the people who promote the zombie nonsense may have picked it up from other people and are following the crowd like stupid fish, but I think a lot of these people actually enjoy this.

If the horrible aspect of Halloween are coming from those Neanderthals from East Europe, then I would say we are fools to allow those freaky creatures to move into our societies and ruin our culture with their disgusting, crude attitudes. Or, if it turns out that the people promoting the horror aspects of Halloween are simply mentally ill, then we are fools to let the mentally ill freaks ruin our culture. We should take control of our culture and decide what we want our lives to be rather than let psychos, savages, and criminals ruin our societies.

Incidentally, the freaks who post propaganda on the Internet about 9/11, the Holocaust, and other crimes also make strange remarks about how the "New World Order" likes to commit murders and acts of revenge on Halloween. (For example, here is an article about the "Halloween Massacre".) Since the "New World Order" is a bunch of insane, Jewish criminals, I think this could be interpreted to mean that the Jewish criminals have some fascination with Halloween, and that it's the Jews who are committing crimes on Halloween, not some vague and mysterious "New World Order". Also, a lot of religious fanatics have some psychotic fascination with Halloween.

We should eat fish, not use them as role models 
We should not allow our culture to drift about aimlessly or be manipulated by criminals. We should take control of it. We should analyze our activities and experiment with ways to make them more pleasant and more useful. I think some of our Halloween activities have reached the point of insanity, and that Halloween should be discarded, or it should be completely revised into a more pleasant social activity. For some examples on what I think would make it more pleasant for both children and adults:

We could carve pumpkins that evoke pleasant emotional feelings, or we could carve watermelons, cantaloupes, or something that we could eat later in the evening so that we don't waste the food. We could also make sandwiches and other food products in various artistic designs. The fish-shaped foods, such as Taiyaki, would be especially useful so that we can remind children that humans are supposed to eat fish, not mimic their behavior.

We could remove all of the psychotic, violent, and religious aspects.

We could have the children dress up in costumes that they borrow from schools or theaters so that they can be reused year after year. That would spare society from wasting resources on the production and disposal of costumes every year. Furthermore, it would allow for more elaborate and higher quality costumes.

Each adult could give only a tiny amount of candy so that a child ends up with a reasonable amount rather than an excessive quantity that makes him sick.

The children could collect something other than candy, and not necessarily something edible. For example, they could collect tokens that they use for something that they wanted, such as candy, amusement parks, or going on a camping trip. This would allow the adults to control their consumption of candy, or whatever else they wanted the tokens used for.

Instead of wandering through the neighborhood to collect candy, the children could go to certain areas at parks or schools. By putting the children in certain locations, the adults who aren't interested in participating won't be bothered, and the city will remain quiet. Also, it makes it easier for the adults to arrange for activities that are more beneficial for the children and more fun for the adults. For example, the adults could arrange for activities that allow the children to meet one another and socialize, get some exercise, and show their costumes to one another.

The adults, instead of trying to frighten children, could dress up in costumes that are amusing, such as the Gloria Allred costume. Of course, since adults and children have significantly different minds, some of the costumes that adults find amusing will be boring or frightening to children, and vice versa, but if we remove the criminals from the social sciences, we could do real research into human behavior, and we would eventually discover what adults and children like and dislike.
Why are governments promoting certain activities?
There are thousands of city, state, and federal government departments in America, and many of them promote certain holidays, fairs, or other social activities. Sometimes the agencies work with businesses or charities. For example, the city of Sleepy Hollow, New York, promotes itself as a tourist attraction for Halloween. I suppose an analysis of the city's history would show that the idea developed because in 1820 a short story was published called The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow in which the headless ghost of a soldier would ride around at night on a horse and look for its head. The city is using that silly story to promote Halloween, headless horsemen, and ghosts.

One of the points I try to make in my articles is that the leaders of society, whether they are in government, business, schools, or the media, should be helping to make a better society. Our governments should not be trying to manipulate us into becoming a tourist for their particular city, state, or nation. (I have a joke about that here.) And they should not promote the concept of headless horsemen or ghosts. We should not tolerate leaders that treat us as pawns in a financial game.

We are very sensitive to the packaging of a product
There's a lot to learn from the television show "Dancing with the Stars"
The television show Dancing with the Stars is considered as "entertainment", but it could be described as a form of "adult education". The show could be described as "classes" of a "school system", and the "contestants" could be described as "students" who must "learn", "study", and "work very hard". The "professional dancers" could be described as "very demanding teachers". The show could be referred to as "An Intensive Course in Professional Dancing".
I don't see much of a difference between the "professional dancers" and the "rhythmic gymnasts", except that the gymnasts are expected to bend their joints to ridiculous extremes. No "ordinary" person would volunteer for intensive course in becoming an Olympic gymnast, and it's equally ridiculous to expect people to volunteer for an intensive course in professional dancing. It requires a tremendous effort on the part of the students, and probably the teachers, also. However, when the "intensive course" is treated as entertainment, a lot of people are willing to give it a try and put a tremendous effort into it.

The Dancing with the Stars television show is a good example of how the manner in which a training course or activity is presented can make the difference between whether people are attracted to it or repelled by it. Also, if we like the teachers, we are much more willing to be one of their students.

Computers can transfer information at high speed and with perfect accuracy, but it is difficult for humans to learn information, and we are very finicky about the manner in which the information is presented to us. This concept has been known for a long time, but we are not applying it to our school system. Our history courses, for example, are turning people away from history rather than getting them excited by history.

The Dancing with the Stars show has an advantage over ordinary schools because it gives publicity to the students, but most of the students are already famous for some talent, so most of them are probably not getting involved simply for the publicity. I think that one of the reasons the show is attracting both students and a very large audience is because they have made an "intensive training course" appear as entertainment, and also, it is possibly the only show in which men and women treat each other in a nice manner. Most people are lonely, or they have miserable relationships, and for a few moments, we can watch men and women treat each other with decency.

Dancing with the Stars is like a cartoon fantasy of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
Most television shows and movies encourage fights and psychotic relationships between men and women, and between different races and different nations, and the news reports are full of depressing reports of disgusting relationships, such as Oksana Grigorieva's fight with Mel Gibson. Furthermore, those of us who are trying to expose 9/11 and other crimes are constantly being pursued by men and women who pretend to like us, but who are secretly trying to set us up for blackmail, suicide, or kidnappings. The television show Dancing with the Stars provides us with a few moments when we can daydream that men and women are respectable humans rather than crude, animal-like, diabolical savages.

Of course, since people are different, we have different ideas on what is appealing. I personally would consider the show to be more appealing if they would stop the sexual titillation. I would also get rid of the audience or insist they remain quiet. The producers of virtually all television shows encourage the audience to behave like noisy, obnoxious lunatics, but I consider that to be irritating. I also find it irritating the way television shows, at least in America, are constantly moving the camera. I would also prefer they stop trying to make a drama out of who gets eliminated. I prefer they spend more time showing the students as they practice so that we can see what they and the teachers have to go through. And I would get rid of the high-heeled shoes. The gymnast in the photo above is not wearing high heeled shoes. Incidentally, I think the rhythmic gymnasts would be more popular if they stopped the life-threatening contortions and other risky stunts and did more dancing in pairs and in groups. (I'll discuss sports in Part 8 of the series.)

I would also get rid of the anonymous audience involvement in judging the contestants. When we allow anonymous voting, as I described years ago in Part_2 of this series, we risk cheating. There is cheating even when the judges are visible, but it's not quite as extreme, except right now (November 2010) in the case of Bristol Palin.

The cheating is so obvious that many Jewish propaganda sites, such as the Christian Science Monitor (here), which are struggling to suppress the Jewish involvement in 9/11 and other crimes, are exposing the "Bristol Palin conspiracy". The Jews are allowing this particular conspiracy to be exposed because it is apparently coming from a small faction of Jews who are known as "tea party" Republicans.

Humans have a resistance to learning, thinking, and criticism
Humans have cravings for food, status, babies, sex, and praise, but we don't have any craving to learn, think, or do research, and we especially abhor criticism. The manner in which a school presents history, math, cooking, CNC equipment, and other subjects can make the difference between whether students are interested, neutral, or repelled. Unfortunately, I think our school system is doing a terrible job of teaching students. I think we need to completely redesign our school system. Our schools are mainly a place where students are forced to memorize information, much of which has no value, and a lot of it is Jewish propaganda.
It might help you understand this concept if you consider how it applies to a restaurant. All of us want to eat food, but nobody wants a sloppy, stupid chef to dump some food into a bag and then attach it to our face. Horses are happy with that type of meal, and children don't care how their food is presented, either, but the older a person is, the more finicky he becomes about his food. There are subtle differences between us in regards to what we like, but all of us want food presented in a manner that we find attractive, and we want the environment to be pleasant, also.

We are much more finicky with information than we are with food because we don't have any emotional attraction to learning. We have strong cravings for food several times a day, but we rarely find ourselves craving information, training programs, or critical analyses. Since we don't have any natural desire to learn, we are very finicky about how information, training, and criticism is provided to us. And since each of us is slightly different, we differ in our how we want the information presented.

Information must be presented in a manner that we find appealing, but how do we do that? I don't think anybody is capable of figuring that out. I think we have to experiment with school systems and observe the results. I suspect that we will discover that providing information to people is much more complicated than providing food. A restaurant makes the same type of meal for all people of all ages, but schools may have to develop different techniques for different subjects and students. For some examples of the possible complexity:

We might discover that it's best to mix boys and girls together in most classes for the first 10 or 14 years of life, and then it may be best to separate them in most or all classes.
We may discover that the ideal way to present information will depend upon the type of information. For example, information about human bodies and sex may need to be presented differently than information about math or engineering because in one case, the information has an emotional effect on us, and in the other case it doesn't.
We might discover that we need different teaching techniques for different skills. In other words, teachers may have to use different techniques depending upon whether they are teaching welding, artistic painting, engineering, sports, music, nursing, or scientific research.

Are some people better teachers?

This is similar to the issue I mentioned in Part 6 of this series about whether some people are better lovers. We shouldn't think of people as being good or bad lovers, chefs, friends, or teachers. People even have this attitude towards books and television shows. Many people make a  remark about how they "like to read a good book". As opposed to reading what? A "bad" book?

It is sensible to discuss the evidence that a book contains propaganda, mistakes, or confusing remarks, but we need to control our arrogance and realize that what we "like" is not necessarily "good", and what other people like is not necessarily "bad". Furthermore, what we like and dislike changes through time, especially as we transform from children into adults.

A "school course" is a "team", and they need high morale
Unlike computers, which transfer information accurately and quickly to one another, students and teachers have personalities that interact with each other. Therefore, different teachers will have different success rates with different students.

What is the difference between a "school class" and a business, football team, or military division? They are all teams of people, and the only significant difference between them is their goal. All of the team members must be able to work together, and this requires that they are compatible, and that they maintain high morale. We can't achieve perfection, but as I mention over and over, I think the melting pot philosophy is unrealistic. All teams should be allowed to discriminate against their members. Students should be allowed to try other teachers, and teachers should be able to remove the students that they consider to be disruptive to the class.

Some examples of useful activities
We can make it fun to learn and think, can't we?
I don't think humans have come close to reaching the potential that we are capable of. I think that if we were to start experimenting with school courses, we would slowly improve the courses so that they become more enjoyable to both the students and the teachers, and they would provide the students with more useful information and in less time. I also think that if we would start experimenting with leisure activities, we would be able to develop a wide variety of leisure activities for adults that are useful to society and which provide entertainment, exercise, and/or socializing opportunities.

For example, we could devise some leisure activities that make the CNC field so enjoyable that some people are willing to get involved with it once in a while. This type of activity allows people to work on some spectacular projects for the city, and at the same time they would be able to meet people and socialize. We could even turn this activity into entertainment for television. Of course, since it is an "arts and crafts" activity rather than an athletic event, there are a lot of different ways of designing it.

In case you're not aware of the CNC field, the people who get involved with these activities wouldn't be able to create anything of value by themselves when they are spending only a few hours a month. However, with somebody to coordinate all of the activities, each person would contribute a small amount to a large project, and over a span of years, they would be able to create some very impressive items for the city. For example, one person might cut a few rocks that are used in a bridge or on a sidewalk, and on another day he might carve a portion of a rock mural for the wall of the train station.

Some people may find it difficult to imagine themselves contributing a few dozen hours to a project that takes decades to complete, but our ancestors would spend decades or centuries building castles, churches, aqueducts, colosseums, and pyramids. Furthermore, our ancestors made clay bricks and cut up rocks and wood with very crude tools, which took a lot of time and physical effort. Since they could build impressive structures with very crude technology, then we can build much more impressive structures, and much faster, because we have machines to do the slow, tedious, monotonous work of cutting up the materials. All we have to do is design the pieces and then assemble them in the correct order. How difficult is that?

Modern CNC equipment makes it practical for a leisure activity to be designing and cutting materials to enclose large areas of our city with glass roofs, and to make decorative fences, patios, sidewalks, and paths.
It would not be practical for people to make jet engines during leisure activities, but modern CNC equipment makes it easy for people to contribute to decorative items for the city. And the less crime a city has, the more decorative the city can be. In a city with no significant crime, all of the gates, fences, and doors would be intended to identify boundaries, protect people against wind, and control animals, insects, and children. Therefore, the fences and doors could be decorative, and many of them could be designed to allow light to pass through, either by  having lots of empty spaces, or by using clear or colored glass.
We could create a variety of food-related leisure activities
Since we all enjoy eating food, we could create a variety of leisure activities in which we learn about and produce some type of foods, such as sausages. These activities would be especially useful for the concept I described earlier of "coordinated activities".
Before I continue, it might help if I explain why I would even suggest making sausages as a leisure activity. Many years ago, after discovering that meat tastes much better when it's cooked at a lower temperature than what is "normal", I decided to make sausages from fresh meat so that I could cook the sausages at a lower temperature and leave the meat in its rare, juicy state.

It has been so many years that I can't remember the details, but it took me a while to find sausage casings in my city. They were intestines from some animal, but I don't know which animal. I think I ground up some beef rather than pork, and I may have added a bit of black pepper and/or other spices. In the process of stuffing the meat into the intestines I discovered that intestines are difficult to work with because they are very flexible and very slippery. Then I formed sausages by twisting and tying the intestines.

I cooked some of the sausages and put the others in the refrigerator and freezer. I cooked them at a slightly higher temperature than I was originally planning because I wasn't certain how old the intestines were, or whether it was safe to cook intestines at a low temperature, but the sausages came out tasting great anyway. However, making sausages was so much trouble that I never bothered again. Making sausages is about the same amount of work regardless of whether you make one sausage or several hundred. It's a lot of work for one person to do for himself. Sausages are the type of food that would be well suited to making during a city fair or some other type of social affair. This type of activity would be fun for the participants, and it would provide people with fresh sausages.

Making even fresher bread
By the way, since I'm on the subject of people making food, I wanted to point out that I have a new method of making bread, which might produce fresher bread. In my video of how I make sheets of bread, I was grinding all of the grains at one time, and then creating a dough which I let rise for an hour or two. Now I put the softer grains, which are in smaller quantity, such as millet, amaranth, buckwheat, and/or whatever, into a coffee grinder, and then put that mixture into water with some yeast. This creates a soup rather than a dough, and it allows the yeast to grow quickly.

After about an hour I grind the much harder Kamut, which is what I use as the main ingredient of bread, and I often add some wheat also, and then I add those grains to the soup, which makes dough. I usally let the dough rise a few minutes, and then I put it on the Teflon baking sheet, let it rise for another 10 or 20 minutes, and bake it. This gives me bread in which the main ingredient, the Kamut and wheat, is less than an hour old. I don't know if this actually makes the bread healthier, but there are two points I want to make:

1) If we were to provide ourselves with intelligent and honest scientists, businessmen, and government leaders who have a concern for society, we could do some research into foods and health, and we might find that there are ways of making our food healthier for us, or better tasting.  I suspect that as future generations learn about health, a lot of recipes and food preparation techniques will change.

2) By creating a "yeast soup", a bakery or restaurant would be able to produce fresh yeast bread in less than a half an hour simply by grinding some grains, mixing it with some yeast soup, letting it rise for 15 minutes, and then baking it.

We could make lots of arts and crafts into entertainment
Most people don't want to know anything about CNC machinery, geometry, robotics, or CAD/CAM software, but I think part of the problem is that our school courses are doing a terrible job of teaching these subjects. I'm sure that we could figure out how to create a television show, such as CNC Sewing with the Stars, or CNC Laser Engraving with the Stars, which makes this field look entertaining enough to inspire some people into becoming contestants. They would then entertain the audience as they learn the field and discover their talents and abilities.

The thought of learning how to use CAD/CAM software and CNC equipment probably frightens most people, but it's actually easier than trying to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars because arts and crafts activities don't require people to have Olympic-level athletic abilities. The "arts and crafts" activities only require students who are willing to learn something new and experiment with their artistic abilities. It requires students who enjoy taking an active role in activities and experimenting with their abilities, as opposed to a student who passively sits in a chair and waits for somebody to tell him exactly what to do and how to do it.

This type of television program would show us that some people are capable of learning the CNC skills, but they don't have the artistic talent to do anything with their skills, and other people would have a lot of artistic ability, but they would have trouble learning the CNC software and equipment. The reason I say this is because I see this right now. A lot of the people who are excellent at operating CNC equipment have so little artistic talent that they don't know what to do with the machines on their own, and a lot of people with artistic talent have trouble learning how to use a computer.

The arts and crafts activities become much more useful when we can get a group of people to work as a team so that we combine our skills together. Unlike the Dancing with the Stars television program, in which one teacher works with one student, the CNC rock cutting or the CNC embroidery programs would be better with a team of several students and one teacher, and there could be several of these teams. This would help people to realize that when we work together, we can accomplish an incredible amount. An artist by himself cannot do much, and a CNC operator by himself cannot do much, but together, we can accomplish a lot.

Some scientific research could also be a leisure activity
The concepts I discussed in regards to the CNC field also apply to scientific research. Specifically, the people who enjoy the CNC field as a leisure activity would be much more productive if our government were to provide them with equipment and raw materials so that they could do something useful. Likewise, the people who enjoy scientific research as a leisure activity would be more productive if our government provided them with projects to work on, and whatever equipment that they need.

Furthermore, there are some people who don't have the ability to be a scientist, but they would enjoy assisting with scientific research. They would benefit if some of the less demanding tasks were set aside for them, and they would help to speed up scientific research, so the entire human race would benefit from their assistance. These type of activities would also be useful for teenagers who are trying to figure out what they want to do in life, and who are still trying to discover their abilities, limitations, and desires.

By providing people the opportunity to assist with some of the less demanding tasks in scientific research, some of the scientists might be able to supervise more projects than they are right now. There is so much about life that we don't know that we should take all the help we can get. For example, have you noticed that some people like to put salt on cantaloupe and tomatoes? And we also put salt in bread. In my video about cooking mushrooms, I mention that I add a bit of salt to them, but why do I prefer them with salt? Salt does not taste good, so why does salt make mushrooms, bread, and even cantaloupe taste better? When our body needs salt, then it's understandable that everything tastes better with salt, but why do we like salt even when our body has plenty of it? Do men, women, and children like salt to the same extent? Does our body crave salt constantly, even if we don't need it?

Understanding why we like certain foods can help us to understand how to make meals that we enjoy and which are healthy for us. It's possible that the reason we like salt is because our mind is expecting certain balances of salt, sugar, and bitterness. Therefore, when we eat certain types of foods that don't match the balance that our mind is expecting, such as bread, which is not a natural food for humans, our mind misinterprets the situation and assumes that there's something wrong with the food.

I am even more confused as to why people like that horrible chemical in hot peppers. That chemical doesn't have a "flavor", so how can it make food taste better? It's interesting that it is most often used in foods that seem bland to us. Since the human mind is just a modified animal mind, I wouldn't be surprised if the reason that we are attracted to that horrible chemical is because the chemical causes nerves to be triggered, and our mind may be so simplistic that it interprets the additional flow of information as a sign that the food must have more flavor. Perhaps our mind will assume that a food is "good" simply if doesn't trigger the nerves that sense bitterness. In such a case, a bland food, which normally doesn't trigger much of a reaction in our mouth or nose, would seem "better" with that chemical because that chemical causes lots of nerves to trigger.

It would be nice if we could get more research into health and food. We might discover that restaurants should provide slightly different meals for men, women, and children. We might also find that people who do a lot of physical work may need slightly different meals (such as more salt, and perhaps more of certain proteins or vitamins), compared to people who sit most of the day.

We are just beginning to discover our potential!
We cannot achieve perfection, but we can analyze our culture and create a much nicer life for ourselves.
So join us, and become an active participant of our advancement!

Let's make our dreams come true!