Monday, January 28, 2019

Holocaust Rememberance And A Definition Of Hard Work

Brian Joseph Johns
Before we get to the meat of this post, I am Brian Joseph Johns. I don't do polarity reversals. In other words, no colour means that I am saying the opposite of what I mean rather than being sincere. I am not a member of any gang (or cult) that operates that way. If I say it, I mean it. I'm actually a Taoist and Buddhist (leaning heavily towards Taoism). I am actually not Jewish, Muslim nor a member of Christianity (or Prince Hall or Scientology) but when it comes to these issues about which I am speaking I do have an opinion to which I'm entitled and I'm going to express it and I can only assure you that I am very much myself.

There are people in the world today who will steal from you what you express online simply by holding your identity hostage. That is, they'll abuse the idea that it is nearly impossible to prove who you are and who created what you create online. Disconnecting your online creations from your in person identity so they can steal what you create for their own credit. Modern plagiarism. I can only assert to you that I am who I say I am. I am Brian Joseph Johns. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 200 Sherbourne Street in apartment 701. I have no phone number currently (as it was disconnect by Bell as I fell behind in my payments). Fortunately I still have Internet but in this day and age, having a cellular phone is pretty much the only sure way to have an online identity because most online services won't recognize your identity without a cellular phone.

So unfortunately I'm nearly a constant victim of content theft by my neighbours and others locally who literally spy on what I write and then credit it to their friends and family. I have a feeling that I'm not alone in this arena. They operate through the symbolism of colours and commonly they believe that what you express is shared with the last person with whom you had contact according to a symbolic colour code. In other words, such people rarely allow you to share with whom you want to share but rather take it from you. That's the nature of identity theft today but I'm here to talk about the Holocaust and why its important, so I'll do that first and deal with the identity theft stuff with the legal authorities (the Federal Police). Now back to the topic at hand.

Holocaust Remembrance


First and of foremost importance, yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. So why is remembering the tragedy of the World War II Holocaust, which saw 6 million Jewish and other vulnerable people sent to their deaths so important?

The Holocaust is a very important signpost for us all historically because it represents the dire consequences of inaction when it comes to ensuring the protection of those vulnerable to hate and adversity in any society.

Really we're all vulnerable to hate and/or adversity in some way because we all belong to some sort of brand by way of what we believe, what we like and dislike and the simply the nature of being. That divides us from each other in some way, perhaps sorting us out accordingly. That's ultimately what resulted in the political borders that surround us all. They represent a set of common values and ideals which are recorded through various works of the Senate such as Charters, Acts, Statutes and Laws. These ultimately represent through due process what we value as a society and is our brand. Within our society we are further divided up into regions (Provinces, States, Cities, Townships, Wards) and within those regions we sort ourselves further by our religion, culture, gender,  sexual orientation, age and a variety of other mostly social facets.

It could be said that we are all a part of our own different brands with which we identify. Our brand identity is a good and bad thing for the whole of society, but it pays to be aware of it in the first place. Here's some ways in which our brands might affect a negative turn that deny the human rights of others or even possibly lead to something similar to the events of the Holocaust.

In some cases, some brands might see that other brands present a threat to society through immigration.

Others could see that a particular brand might lead to the disappearance of their brand, perhaps completely replacing them in history.

Some brands see it as being wrong to intermingle romantically and sexually with members of other cultures or with members of the same sex and will take action against such activities.

Some might see the brands of others as unequal to their own brand in terms of heritage, superiority or ability and use that to justify bringing hardship or even murder upon competing brands.

Some brands simply want the boundaries their brand affords them from others so they may live in peace in their own beliefs.

Some brands attempt to provoke other brands into a bad reaction or behavior in order to discredit them comparatively to their brand or to exploit them at some time in the future.

Some brands believe that every other brand is wrong and should be converted to their brand.

Some brands see that the problems of the world result from one of the other brands and might even take steps to eradicate said brand.

Really what the Holocaust represents is what happens when nobody takes steps to stop a particularly radical brand from obtaining rule over a society and enforcing its regimen upon that society. Perhaps the brand has a charismatic leader that exploits the resentment of the populace over a debt imposed upon them after the events of World War I. That charismatic leader then gains momentum in that society and helps them to regain their dignity and as a price begins a plan to eradicate all of the members of a particular brand from the world over, starting at home.

So what made the Holocaust possible is that not enough people took action in time in order to avert what was to come despite having seen the early warning signs. When such warning sign present themselves it is possible to avert such disaster in the future and so long as we keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and the events that made it possible, there might be the chance that future generations may avert similar disaster.

The thing about making the right choices is that we'll never know what was averted. We'll never know how many lives have been saved by remembering the Holocaust and its cause, but we'll know every single time we make the wrong choices and those choices are the courage to act when we see the signs.

Action doesn't mean "dancing" in order to ensure that by the end of the day, you're on the "winning" side or the "right" side of the fence. It means taking action when and where you see someone else's rights being violated or someone being subjected to adversity in society. Its not a game where in order to win you try to trick as many other people onto the "wrong" side as you can. This is reality and inaction has consequences and the more we treat this like a game that is played dirty, the more resent will arise that will ultimately lead to what we're trying to avert. Polarizing people of their brands or within them is one thing that certainly doesn't help this one bit.

Some might read this and agree and nod and be all sentimental but if you go and start the same thing again tomorrow that is leading us to that path, then what good is that? Its not a case of, its not my fault because the other brand were the ones who got violent first. Its about diffusing that possibility of violence to begin with and dealing with conflict via words and solutions that consider all sides and respect them while preserving peace and order.

Our two biggest failings with regard to the inability to act in time are still fresh wounds and I'm talking about Bosnia and Rwanda.

Most of what makes this possible is the fact that anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli sentiment still exists in the world and is currently present despite the fact that we have much to learn from institutions like Yad Vashem. Too many people fighting over the ethnicity of Jesus Christ or blaming the Jewish people for his (or her) death. People fighting over the claim to the "real" cultural ethnicity of the original Jewish people of the Pentateuch (Torah) such as Yahweh Ben Yahweh and the Black Israelites. The complex dispute between Palestine and Israel as well contributes to this growing ignorance that won't be solved easily with words alone.

There are many secret ways that people keep themselves ignorant and separate from these issues and association of the Semitic peoples but ultimately we have much to learn from the Holocaust and ignoring it will only lead to history repeating itself with another group of people becoming the victims. I hope that I addressed the in-obvious as much as I did the obvious.

Define Hard Work


I've been seeing a social boundary that has been popping up again and again. Though it doesn't really bother me personally though I do see it as a problem. The boundary is actually resulting from a very simple statement. Hard work.

Actually I just filled out an email survey for one of the electoral parties (one for which I've voted in the past) and found that word strategically positioned throughout the survey in such a way that it actually divides rather than unites people. So I decided to take this concept on myself.

What is hard work?

Let's break it down one word at a time.

Here's the definitions I've extracted from the Oxford Dictionary for the adverb hard:

  • Done with a great deal of force or strength. 
  • Requiring a great deal of endurance or effort. 
  • Putting a lot of energy into an activity.
  • Difficult to bear; causing suffering.
  • Difficult to understand or solve.
And for the word work:
  • Mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment.
  • A task or tasks to be undertaken.
Because we're dealing with an adverb and the subject noun is work, any of these definitions would work for hard in the context of the word work and that makes sense.


The noun work on the other hand can be refined down to the two very applicable definitions listed above.

My biggest qualm with how people might regard hard work is that they might only regard it as being physical effort. In other words, the poor truck or bus driver that spends ten hours behind the wheel a day might not be considered to be working hard as a result of that definition. Someone typing away at their computer keyboard might also not be considered to be working hard. But now that we've uncovered the dictionary definition for the words in the phrase, we can see that it applies to many different vocations and forms of effort. In this sense, so long as someone is making effort towards something of benefit to the country or to one's own (legal?) support, the phrase fits quite well.

So hard work means:

A mental or physical activity as a means of earning income or a task or tasks undertaken involving any one of the following aspects of assertion:
  • Done with a great deal of force or strength.
  • Requiring a great deal of endurance or effort. 
  • Putting a lot of energy into an activity.
  • Difficult to bear; causing suffering.
  • Difficult to understand or solve.
That pretty much entails everyone's job, volunteering and anyone who makes effort towards building a better country or towards supporting oneself. Its a bit more of an inclusive definition for the term.

I worked a paper route for a time in my youth. When I was old enough I got my Social Insurance Card and began working a part-time job scooping ice cream for a popular ice cream brand. After leaving high school (without graduating) I worked moving furniture until I started a Government run training program for computer programming. That led to an internship and many other great places including post secondary education so that I could work as both a programmer and technician throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. I even still worked moving furniture part-time, seeing it as a sort of paid work out and a great way to stay in shape. Some people might not see computer programming as hard work but I can personally vouch that it is. Just the same people who are stuck behind a desk all day or at a driver's chair also work hard. So it is important to clarify what that phrase entails. I certainly believe that education (both formal and self) are very important aspects of your life. In fact, your first teachers teach you how to learn independently. There shouldn't be a division between those who are formally educated and those who aren't. The only barrier that exists most often is one of terminology, because terminology is a way of labeling concepts which can then be communicated by one word. If you're not in sync with regard to terminology, how can you communicate concepts related to your area of study/expertise? I actually cover this very topic within my book The Butterfly Dragon II: What Different Eyes See and to lesser degree in A Lady's Prerogative II: Wounded Aerth.

Even while unemployed I still make great effort to contribute to my country and the world and I honestly believe that others do as well. When you don't, your own guilt has a way of sneaking up on you and letting you know that its time to get up off your arse and do something if you're able bodied and minded. You might be able to fool others but you can't fool yourself so be good (and honest) to yourself in that way.

I never pretend to be anything that I'm not, but I don't limit myself to what I'm labeled as or perceived to be. If I see something that needs to be said (or done) I just do it if its within my skill set. If I can't, I get someone who can.

I hope that clarifies things for everyone.

As of Tuesday January 29 (2019), I'm working on software programming today for most of the day waiting for my pay day at which point I'll go food shopping. If that happens today, then I'll start writing A Lady's Prerogative III tonight. If not, then I do all my shopping tomorrow (Wednesday) and starting writing A Lady's Prerogative III or The Butterfly Dragon III tomorrow night.

One last thing. The Butterfly Dragon II: What Different Eyes See is not entirely complete. What is online currently is the first draft. After writing something of that nature I usually take a break and work towards something else in order to recharge. At some point in the near future I'll be going over the entirety of the book and editing it to bring up to the second draft which will address any elements of the story that I'd missed and consistency. That in itself is a fairly big task but it will happen within the next two months.

By the way. The Butterfly Dragon is not created at nor is it based upon anyone at Heyworth House with all due respect. You might try to hold my own identity hostage but you'll end up exposed in the end.

The way its looking so far is that I won't be writing tomorrow or the next day.

Brian Joseph Johns
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