Those Insightful Greeks/Self Help Mythology

Those Insightful Greeks
    The Greek mythology has many facets. It
entertains us with its picturesque details. It
inspires our poets and story tellers. It explains the
mysteries of the universe through the beautiful
stories. But most importantly, the Greek myths give us
an insight into our own nature. They teach us how to
act, and not to act, in order to be happy. The
following series of articles purports to analyze, from
an unconventional, and at times humorous, standing
point, several Greek ideas which are still relevant in
the modern times.
Breaking the Patterns
    Uranus, Zeus’ grandfather was a very bad parent.
He put his personal happiness above that of his family
and incarcerated all of his children in his body. He
was afraid to allow them any autonomy, so that he
wouldn’t be deposed from his lofty position of a
ruler.
    Chronos, which many sources mention as Zeus’
father, and Uranus’ offspring, became a tyrant in his
own right. He, who suffered from parental abuse and
should have known better, repeated the mistake of his
sire.  Worried about his continuing leadership he
chose to meticulously control his own children. He ate
all of his sons, and was planning to keep them inside
for all eternity.
    Zeus, a son of an abusive father, and a
grandchild of a tyrant, broke the chain. A few
unflattering comments can be made about his character,
but one thing was clear. Among the uncountable numbers
of children he had, he loved everyone. Not once has it
crossed his mind to limit their freedom out of fear
for his own leadership. Even though his male side of
the family trained him in the tradition of abuse, Zeus
found inside the courage to rise above the
circumstances. He judged his children according to
their behavior, rather than the perceived threat. His
relationship with the two godly children sufficiently
illustrates this assertion. The ruler of gods disliked
his son Ares for his militant character, and favored
his daughter Athena, even though she objectively posed
a greater threat to Zeus’ own dominion aided by her
unfathomable wisdom.
    From a numerological point of view then, Zeus’
primary number is 6. He in many ways represents the
ideal parent, who gives his children exactly what they
need, rather than what they want. Ares, the god of
aggressiveness, always demanded some kind of war from
his father. Most parents would be too worried to
refuse the requests of their beloved offspring. To
them, denial of the child’s desire might indicate
their failure in the parental duty. The case is
different for those who have a 6 in their number. They
wisely conclude that sometimes temperance is the best
method of education. Zeus came to this conclusion
during the Trojan War, when his blood thirsty son
required more and more casualties to satisfy his
enormous hunger for pain. The elder god knew that
total freedom would ruin Ares, encouraging him in the
unhealthy appetite until it was too late to turn back,
and so he refused his request. Even while concerned
about the tension between himself and Ares, the
greatest of gods still made the right choice, as the
‘6’ archetype of parent often does.
    In his actions, Zeus hence exemplifies the most
balanced approach to breaking the patterns. He went
away from the automatically negative attitude towards
his children, but he equally rejected the temptation
of overindulgence. Many a parent, raised in strict
families themselves, will compensate for it by extreme
lenience towards their children. Not so the master of
the gods. He escaped the tyranny in himself, and the
possible weakness. He didn’t have any role models
among the elder gods, and yet, managed to develop a
well rounded and utterly balanced personality.
    None of us, regular mortals, can ever hope to
match the divine entity with its numerous powers. But
his most significant, emotional strength is in our
hands. If we choose to use it. This is indeed the
crucial factor. While we yearn for the freedom of
choice and are willing to fight for it, we are often
afraid to make the really important choices, if they
differ from the familiar.
    The choice doesn’t have to imply any physical
action. It might be just an inward decision to change.
A simple resolution to act differently would do, if it
is likely to improve the situation. It is an
incredibly great feeling to believe that we can change
our own position. Why wouldn’t we do then just about
anything to bring an improvement?
    Possibly, because the deviation from the standard
is emotionally uncomfortable. That is the reason we
would rather perpetuate the bad habits and pass them
from generation to generation, than stop and
objectively consider them. In fact, many of us use our
upbringing as an excuse to keep making the mistakes.
We are only humans, so it is understandable, we claim
to our inner critic and to others. We are right too,
on both accounts. But wouldn’t it be better, in spite
of our mortality, to embrace the greatest power of an
immortal god, and change ourselves for the better?
After all, our greatest right is not provided on a
golden platter by our heavenly or earthly father, our
government, or the United Nations. It is the right to
be happy. We have this right from birth,
unconditionally, no matter who we are, and only we
ourselves can exercise that greatest of rights.
    In the long run, Zeus’ emotional discomfort at
getting away from the tradition was only momentary.
His happy relationship with his children lasted
forever and it was the direct result of his actions.
He made sure, all by himself, to satisfy the strongest
of his needs. His greatness, therefore, didn’t depend
on any supernatural, undeserved powers. Essentially,
he is as strong as we are, or as weak as we are, for
he represents the human ideal. And if he broke away
from the negative patterns, so can we.
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Our fascination with mythology inspired, in part, an extensive acquisition of mythological items, if interested, you could share our passion for mythology with the following mythological haul:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn3ueMyDFWA&t=558s
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My view: Thunderbird and Lightning Serpent

I personally view The Thunderbird/Lightning Serpent relationship as a particular instance of the general myth behind the constellation Aquarius.

Other examples of this kind I see in Garuda/Naga antagonism

The Greek raven Coronis and the serpent distracting him from Apollo’s mission

The Aztec conflict between the Eagle and the Serpent, so well encapsulated in the dual characteristics of the most well known god in the panetheon, Quetzacoatl.

According to my interpretation, the bird, be it the eagle, the raven or the vulture, are all representatives of the sky.

The serpent, in some versions the dragon, represents the earth or the water.

My general interpretation then, that The Thunderbird, being a representation of the sky and its powers, possesses innate Lightening and the Serpent may wish to contend for such power.

Much like the Serpent that stole the plant of immortality from Gilgamesh, another myth I associate with specific Aquarius legends.

I think the Serpent may gain access to the power, because he is in eternal, complementary conflict with the Bird, but that the power did not belong to him originally.

Russian Mythological Creatures

We have a host of interesting creatures.

Our Solovey is not your common thug, he also has sufficient musical hearing for whistling:

Nightingale the Robber – Wikipedia

Everybody knows her, some dread her, but it would be so wrong to omit her from this list.

Baba Yaga – Wikipedia

Our dragon is not some whimpy fire breather, he has three heads after all:

Zmei (Russian) – Wikipedia

Well, our version of a mermaid is not too unique usually, except that the fantasy writer Guy Gavriel Kay used her in some remarkable ways in his fiction:

Rusalka – Wikipedia

The Serbians know him as Bas Celik, I personally suspect a Turkish fairy tale origin for him, but we call him Koshey:

Koschei – Wikipedia

The next creature, so admirably popularized by our national poet A.S Pushkin, is hardly unique, basically our blend of the Phoenix with the Simurgh:

Firebird (Slavic folklore) – Wikipedia

And since no list can be completed without a cute kitty picture, behold the beauty of our lovely man eating cat

This is our cat Bayun, (the first ‘a’ is pronounced similar to the ‘a’ in the word “car”) described in some fairy tales related to the better known Baba Yaga, Vasilisa and Ivan.

Our prolific poet Pushkin also described another interesting creature in his folkloric poem Ruslan and Ludmila: a talking head of a giant, perhaps his own reinterpretation of Mimir’s head:

Best burger ever at Dollar Tree/for real!

If you hate microwave burgers/premade crap don’t worry, cause this mouthful of burgerly bliss ain’t it. This is a treasure any dragon would be pleased to find! 2 deliciously delightful beef patties for a dollar at Dollar Tree. To be found in the frozen section near the little steaks. These are big patties that cover the entire burger bun once you make them and they don’t shrink once you fry them. And yes you have to cook them in the pan, no microwaving cause they’re real and as they say on Seinfeld, they are spectacular.

The Darkness(2016):First Impressions

The actors were great: I could tell the kid was autistic from the start by how he related to his environment.

The setting is nice: Grand Canyon, that seems well enough explored and innocuous, except you know, horror is about to strike.

The nature of the evil force is, in my opinion original. In principle it has been done before, in particulars, not as much.

The realism established for the minor characters was rather fresh for me.

I would add two more comments about the mythological aspect and psychological credibility, but that would require giving away spoilers, so I won’t:)

The movie was relatively fast paced, I did not find myself wondering off at any point.

The movie might not be memorable enough, I don’t see it becoming a cult classic, but it was solidly decent and I would recommend as an opening act for greater movies, like Death Note, or better yet, the super awesome Insidious!

Wanted to whoop ass in Wal Mart today

Does Wal Mart turn you into a politically incorrect individual in 1 second 
flat? If so I can relate. So I go to Wal to return a bra that fit at first 
then my shit was popping out all day. The golden ticket to an easy return is 
the receipt, right? That is the way, right? That's what all the cusatomer 
service Wal Mart gods always say. But like everything fucking else we're 
fed, that shit is a lie.
So I stand in line for 5 minutes and when it's my turn I proudly walk up 
and present my receipt. Customer service bitch asks if I have the tags. I 
say um no. I thought it fit and I'm not going around all day with a bra 
poking me with tags for no logical reason what so ever. I mean if Sit fit 
why would I leave the tags on? I take them off and throw that shit away, 
right?

 So then I'm stuck explaining that my shit popped out all day. LOL. She was 
probably jealous that her tits were nasty, old and saggy so she goes "Well I 
need you to go bring me one exactly like this from our bras because I need 
the tag."

The cusatomer service gods of Wal Mart talk a lot about having the reciept 
when returning a product but never before have I heard mention of a fucking 
tag so someone needs to fix that shit.


 I really want to say "Well bitch if you want it why don't you fucking go 
get it. I mean..."

But not wanting to get thrown out of the store cause I still got shit to 
buy, I go and spend 5 minutes looking for another shitty bra to match the 
shitty bra I am returning. Bring it back and do I get to go to the front of 
the long ass line simply because I already stood there for 5 fucking minutes 
earlier? Hell no. Unfair that is, people. I mean if you carry your bag 
around that you want to return, and go ahead and just get another bra before 
you take your ass to customer service cause you know what bullshit they'll 
pull you'll get in trouble for taking the shit around the store. I was told 
ages back to take that shit right up to customer service when you come in so 
they don't think you stealin' shit. WOW. So the moral of the story is dumb 
bitches get hired at Wal Mart, and  it's a fuck either way for you.

What I took away from the experience was...to buy my Bras at Ross + keep 
tags ffor a minute until you're sure you're keeping shit. Like wear it all 
day then toss the tag.  Here's to hoping this was helpful or at least 
amusing. IF so stick around + tell us if you had anything happen at Wal Mart 
worth bitching about.

Shopping online/when a picture doesn’t tell 1000 words

The old adage a picture tells a thousand words is often untrue when shopping online. Of late too many sellers post a picture of an item, lets say jewelry, that they blow up nice and huge so you can see it and all, but it grossly misrepresents the product. Said sellers don’t find it necessary to use their words for descriptions and then buyers order an item expecting it to be far larger than it is and are disappointed when it isn’t. Sellers get feedback they don’t like and it’s ugly for everyone. It’s sad that these days if the seller doesn’t bother to tell you how large an item is in their words it may be safer to write them and ask rather than assuming it’s even a 3rd as large as it appears in their overblown photos. Then again one must ask themselves, if the seller doesn’t care enough should we bother buying from them?

What’s in my locker?

So I am currently bored, screwing off, and not doing things that I should be doing due to the fact they all take creativity that I don’t have right now for whatever reason. In this state I watch youtubers doing the what’s in my bag randomness. I notice that a lot of chicks carry around the same junk so why keep watching one another, and then I realize that I carry around very little and it’s probably weird and boring. Like in my purse there are a few crystals right now and a dentist appointment card + a business card of ours for our youtube channel. LOL. There, that was fast. But it got me thinking about the crap people store and I remembered the weird shit I discovered in the bottom of my locker when cleaning it out for the summer a few years back in highschool.
It was weird. There wasn’t a lot of crap but the brand of crap was weird for me as I didn’t remember it or why the hell it would be in my locker. Like did I come to school drunk or something? Maybe, I’m honestly not sure…probably not. Anyway, what’s in my locker. Other than some misplaced homework (Damn I did do it after all!) and some candy wrappers, (they were yummy) I found like 32 cents in change (Why?) and a coat hanger! I never hung my coat in my locker that I can remember so yeah…not sure what was going on there, but the memory amused me more than the what’s in my bag stuff I was watching so yeah.
If you remotely enjoyed this or had some weird shit in your locker, comment or stick around and read our other stuff.

1 easy method for coping with everyday life

One thing I learn daily is that when I think I’m being whack, or messed up, other people tell me they often feel the same way. It’s nice in a twisted sort of way as while it’s a pity others feel shitty about doing basic things, it’s good not to be alone.
I have this thing where when I have a lot of rl business stuff or mundane life management stuff to do I start sulking the day before because I just don’t want to. Simple as that. IT isn’t fun and I dislike it and the next day there are like 3 or 5 or whatever amount of crap things I need to get done. It sours the mood a day in advance to start thinking about it.
And in that thinking I end up not thinking but just feeling rubbish. Then the next day either sucks, or it sucks and I only remember to get half the stuff done I intended so there is more shit to shovel the next day. Who wouldn’t want a better way, right? I’m never one of those to accept that this is just how it has to be. I tend to be a mental problem solver as I don’t enjoy feeling unpleasant so here is what I developed for dealing with such mundane trifles that still somehow manage to melt the mind.
Remember I mentioned that after  thinking about it and feeling unhappy I stop thinking? It’s not specifically a choice, I just get mind melted. Then due to not thinking about it enough the things don’t get done as well as they could the next day, thus more to do the day after often, and if not, it was still hard and stressful. The method I discovered gets rid of all that, though. it’s so simple and basic, but if one is bogged down and depressed about it already, anything small and simple even seems like too much effort. You gotta do this, though, cause it really works! Days are smoother and smiles are more plentiful.
If you have 5 things to get  done and or places to go make a list of those 5 things. Then make lists within that list breaking down each thing so you remember all the aspects of all the shit you have to get done. What is the point of this, you ask? Well having the list out there on paper where you can see it clears your mind of it so you don’t have to think about it or feel bogged down trying to remember it or stressing about not forgetting any of it.
Remember how when we were kids Mom would handle that sort of thing for us and then we just got told what to do? We’d do it and it was over. Well the list serves as Mom for us in adulthood. We do it up the day before the shitstorm and then we have it to refer back the next day so we dob’t have to think about it. Even more awesome when we don’t get enough sleep that night.
I’ll even give you an example list below and in it, an example of the list within the list so that I am sure to be understood. This really works and I want everyone to be able to utilize it. I was honestly surprised at how much easier and better things are my mood included when I don’t have my mind so cluttered. Thank you list!
Example list:
Things to do for Monday:
1. Pharmacy
2. Dentist
3. Call phone company
4. gym workout.
5. Safeway.
Okay that was the basic list. When making it leave plenty of space between each thing in case you forget anything you can insert it into the proper place and you won’t miss it later. Being organized really is the key and it only takes a few minutes. A neat list on paper declutters the mind which really does wonders. Here is example 2, with the 2nd part illustrated.
Example 2, complete: List of things to do for Monday:
1. Pharmacy: pick up scrip, buy tampons and eye mask
2. Dentist: Pick up scrip, make appointments while there.
3. Call phone company: renew discount, ask about hum in phone line, ask for test of modem.
4. Work out at the gym
5. Safeway: Get lottery board, salads from deli, starbucks.
See, not only is this a to do list but each thing is sub to do-ed as it were, so you don’t have to even wonder what all it was that needed doing while at the dentist office cause you just wrote it all out for yourself yesterday and there is no thought or stress involved. Just don’t lose the list. LOL.

Are social networks killing our communication skills?

One annoying thing I notice when communicating with people these days via social media is that they tend to be careless, overlooking half of an email, not answering questions which leads to poor communication on both sides. How can I communicate clearly, holding up my end when the other person only half ass answers things? Not well. It takes two, after all.
I think it’s a bit of an epidemic. It’s not just one or two poor communicators that I am dealing with, it feels like half the people with whom I communicate overlook half of anything I write. It’s so many that I don’t take it personally, but it does make me think. Are they simply multi talking when they should not be? Are they reading too quickly on their wittle phone screens? I don’t know and sadly don’t know how to bring it to their attention without seeming grumpy. Not that it isn’t grump inspiring, but even if people deserve it, they don’t respond to being grumped at.
So sadly I’ve resorted to dumbing down my questions and shortening my emails. It helps some. So if you are also having this problem, try being as brief as possible while not losing clarity. It isn’t always easy but it makes us think and focus and perhaps bring that focused energy into the conversation will help with general clarification.