September 17, 2010

“You Say ‘They Don’t Get Us’”

Posted: 03:14 PM ET

Below is an excerpt from Rick Sanchez from his book "Conventional Idiocy: Why the New America is Sick of Old Politics".

You say your money’s being wasted! You say politicians – of all stripes – could give a crap about you! And you say that too often the media just puts you in a spin cycle hoping to keep you there long enough to collect. And what do you get? You get the shaft first of all, and then you get what you’re supposed to accept as conventional wisdom. What is conventional wisdom? It’s what we’re told is generally believed by experts.

These experts are often just plain wrong. Conventional wisdom? You say that more often it’s not wisdom at all, it’s really more like conventional idiocy.

Who’s to blame? The media, the politicians, the pundits, business leaders. Okay, they don’t listen to you. I get it. And you know what? At least with some of them, I’m not sure they ever will listen.

Yes, Americans are sick of being spoon-fed the same old bogus conventional wisdom from so-called experts who don’t listen to them. That’s the overwhelming message I hear from you every single day. You’re sick of the old ways, the old politics. You tell me you are skeptical, maybe more so than ever in our country’s past, skeptical of government, skeptical of the media, skeptical of corporations. And you’re showing your skepticism in polling data, on blogs, and – in the new way America connects – through social media.

You’re tired of the BS. Little do they know that you’re wide awake, you’re engaged with what’s going on in the country, and many of you are angry as hell.

Your anger, your concerns and frustrations, is what inspired me to write this book. From you I hear what is really on the minds of ordinary Americans, what you are thinking, what you are talking about, and above all what you’re sick of – from the bankers who recklessly gambled with our money, to the politicians who play on our worst fears and prejudices, to the media demagogues who spread ignorance for ratings. In this book, I talk about all of that and more, and I draw from everything I’ve learned listening to you.

Why Me?

Why do I know so much about what you’re sick of? It’s because you tell me every minute of every day, through Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook. And I care about reporting what pisses you off. You’ve given me a responsibility to use my craft to give voice to our unsung heroes – you!

You say we’ve let the so-called conventional wisdom speak for America for too long and it’s time for us, together, to respond – loud and unapologetically – with what we know is the truth, the unconventional truth!

Conventional Idiocy is more than a book; it’s an extension of my life work as a broadcaster – to amplify your voice and frustrations. I do exactly that with my show, Rick’s List, which is more of a national conversation that it is a news show. We don’t just report the news, we listen to you and we talk to each other, through social media, and list your concerns while gathering the facts you need to know to better understand what’s going on. Together we call people out and challenge the conventional wisdom. It’s been hailed as “the next generation of news,” because you the viewer have become an active participant in the “national conversation.” Good for you; better yet, good for us. Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace have changed the way we communicate to each other. Now they are changing what we, together, communicate to the world.

In the conversation I have with you every day, you set the agenda, you drive the issues. It’s your news; it’s not what’s decided for you in some ivory tower. It’s not some out-of-touch pundit or politico lecturing you about what you should care about.

With Conventional Idiocy, I have taken this model from the show, this idea of a conversation, of listing your thoughts and what you need to know and applied it to a book. In that sense, it isn’t even my book, it’s your book. It’s everything you tell me you’re worried about, everything that bothers you about what’s happening in our country, everything – and everyone – you’re sick and tired of. In some cases, it’s literally your voice – I have included in each chapter actual tweets from you.

My hope is that the book – driven as it is by you and by the concerns of everyday Americans – will cut through a lot of the BS that passes for political discourse today. America is speaking out, largely through social media, and saying it is sick of the old politics and the old ways.

It’s this “conventional idiocy” that many of you want to change, to overturn, because you tell me that what passes for conventional wisdom is really about other people’s interests, interests that aren’t yours.

The Revolution is Here

Some say the social media revolution will change the way we interact. I say they’re looking in the wrong direction. The change is in the rearview mirror. It already has.

When we engage in those communities of friends and followers, whether it’s through Twitter or MySpace or Facebook or whatever, we find a receptive, eager, and really smart group of people. And it does what neither newspapers, nor the old radio model, nor the old TV news model, nor even the Internet by itself was ever able to achieve. We no longer will to talk to viewers, we’ll talk with viewers. And they will talk back.

Many of my colleagues and managers at CNN were obviously a bit suspicious at the outset of my using social media. But we also became among the first in the industry to embrace it, because while some believe that watching television news is becoming passé, being part of television news is not.

You’re now connected and will likely not allow us, or your government leaders, to pull one over on you. You’re hungry for real information and want insight about the things you genuinely do care about.

The following chapters are intended to provide just that. You ask me to ask the tough questions, to challenge the people who I interview – so that’s what I’ve tried to do here. You tell me you’re sick of the old thinking and the old politics.

Things may be changing. Today it seems like every politician from John McCain to your local mayor has a Twitter account. It seems anybody who wants to get elected is going to have to connect on social media, and will have to be transparent about it. But they’ll have to be careful, because that virtual constituency is a lot tougher to fool. You’re informed, you’re engaged, and you’re demanding answers and accountability.

You are the new America and you won’t settle for the old politics of business as usual.

Reprinted from CONVENTIONAL IDIOCY: Why the New America is Sick of Old Politics by Rick Sanchez, with permission from Celebra Books.

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Joe G. (Illinois)   September 17th, 2010 4:01 pm ET

Evidently Mr. Rick Sanchez didn’t take any Business Forecasting Classes when he was in College. Mr. Rick Sanchez, I have you know that the real world is run by businessman who among many things, plan years ahead, (Sometimes to 7-9 years ahead;) in matters of wars, presidents, etc.

Just because the American people have not yet grown indifferent to the changes we are seen in recent times such as the rampant out flux Renegade Business Executives, crooked corporations, etc. it doesn’t mean they never will or simply yearn with nostalgia.


Joe G. (Illinois)   September 17th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

With the “Unexpected” advent of Terrorism on American soil, international bank accounts and multinational corporate investments have all since been under close scrutiny.. Hence like they say, “Something has got to give.” And it did, and it has since the very 2001 onset.

American people have simply grown greedy and used to eat more than what they could ever afford in their wildest dreams.


Smith in Oregon   September 17th, 2010 6:09 pm ET

I think the American people get the Republican Party and Platform's actual lack of intelligence and the political games and shams they play on the American people just fine.

Here are some honorable quotes by the Head of the Republican Party along with Past and Future Republican Presidential Candidates.

"We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets." ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." ~ (Clueless) George W. Bush

"Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." ~ (Demand a education refund) Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann

"The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias." ~ (Missed his medication) Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

'The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." ~ (Hateful Gender bashing) Pat Robertson

"Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant - they're quite clear - that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments." ~ (Many founders were Masons, excommunicated by Christianity ala the Pope) Sarah Palin (Clueless)

"I love California; I practically grew up in Phoenix." ~ (Needs educational refund) Dan Quayle

"If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president." ~ (Hateful gender bash) Ann Coulter

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." ~ (Utterly Clueless) George W. Bush

"Do you have blacks, too?" ~ (Missed that days Meds) George W. Bush

"When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining." ~ (Back on his Meds?) Glenn Beck

"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." ~ (Only lucid comment in 8 years) George W. Bush

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." ~ (Subliminal Slip) George W. Bush

"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles." ~ (Hollywood speaks for Big Oil) Ronald Reagan

Yes Republican politician's America get's you, and rejects you.

And the Republican party's new Economic Strategy is What? Huh? 'Silence of the clue-less Crickets'


Dodie   September 17th, 2010 7:48 pm ET

@ Rick

Thank you for reading our comments and integrating them even if the result creates a book. Many educated and intelligent people blog on to CNN. I have a lot of thoughts on this subject; however, will need to read the transcripts before making a comment as I am in China and cannot view your program on TV. Looking forward to an interesting transcript read.

@ Larry King

I hope you are still on CNN by the time I travel back to the USA. I will certainly miss you. Larry.... you are "stellar" and will be very difficult to replace.
~ Dodie in China


Kathie   September 17th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Rick, loved your book!! It is pitiful that our elected nonrepresentatives forget about us and the promises made as soon as they are elected. It is pitiful that the news media harps on stories like a dog on a bone that encourages copy cats, eg shootings, bombings, wack jobs like that "preacher" in Florida, etc. The republicans can only continue their fear campaign since they have no plans except to make this administration fail and obstruct at all costs. the democrats lack the spine to stand up to the republicans. then there is the tea party - I have no idea what planet they reside on but they do seem intent on destroying what is left of our country.


Jerjol   September 17th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

Rick Sanchez, the best of the best.

Honest, forthright, truthfull, without doubt the absolute best anchor on CNN.

If Rick says it, you can trust it's the truth.

Read his book and see the truth for what it is.


Jerjol   September 17th, 2010 11:32 pm ET

@ Joe G. From ILL- Noise

Please tell me, how and why you think that Borack Obama should not be the President of America.

Your comments are appreciated, ever since you found GOD.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   September 18th, 2010 4:34 am ET

@Smith in Oregon September 17th, 2010 6:09 pm ET

Nearly died from laughing, reading your comments.


Jim Hall   September 18th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Larry is interviewing the Maloofs at this time. The family fortune came from the discovery of oil on their grandfathers ranch in Texas. Please stop them from saying how hard they worked.


Mark / Toronto   September 19th, 2010 3:26 am ET

Great book Rick, keep plugging it and I'm sure you'll make a 1000. I was wondering how it would sell... Don't worry Sarah Palin on sold 700,000 in her first week.

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has been on the air promoting his new book (badly titled Conventional Idiocy) – 36 times in the last three weeks. "So how did the book sell? According to numbers Mediaite obtained from Bookscan, Sanchez’ book sold 802 copies in its first week."


Sajid Ali Khan   September 19th, 2010 11:58 am ET

An open letter to Mr. Larry King and CNN
'The brain is the engine, while the car is the physical body of the human being where the mind is the driver of this car of life.'
Dear Mr. Larry King:

Your interview yesterday with the four leading brain scientists was very interesting . I was hoping that you will ask what is the difference between brain and mind but you didn't and you didn't even ask what is the mind.

The current fuzziness between brain and mind is a fundamental factor for all this mess and confusion regarding emotional intelligence and emotional intelligence education. This fuzziness is reflected in all, across the board areas of life. From our struggle to know, understand and master life, (Even mastering life is a wrong goal, this holy grail of education! The goal has to be to become our true self) to finding pure happiness and everything else in between.

I have been blessed with a very first hand inside out experience of the very huge differences between the brain and mind. I fell into this huge 24/7 trap of a extremely potent bad habit. Take the example of smoking. The bad habit starts with the mind being curious. On the urging of the mind the person starts to try out smoking. At first the brain resists by coughing and showing the unpleasantness of the effects of smoking. But peer pressure etc. gains the upper hand and the person starts to smoke and gradually the brain starts to get addicted to the nicotine. At some stage the smoker realizes that he is addicted and wants to stop. It is the mind that wants to break loose of the smoking. Now it is the brain that is hungry for nicotine and so it projects/protests its hunger through withdrawal symptoms. One can see that to break bad habits it is a very big and essential advantage to know where any given emotion is coming from, in fact the emotion can come from the brain, the mind, the real self, the self image or even from ones ingrained group beliefs.

The combination of brain and mind as a compound unit produces consciousness. An engine which has many parts produces power for the vehicle. Suppose we have a problem in the engine of a car, the problem must lie in some particular part and so unless we know which part needs repairing we cannot fix the engine.

Similarly as of today we do not have a good idea of the differences between brain and mind and so we do not have a clearly defined way of fixing the consciousness problem. This knowledge gap has rippling effects on all aspects of life for individuals, groups and countries. It has a direct result on such things as understanding of the self, mind, brain, and consciousness. This ignorance is reflected in how we create education, how we live our life, and it effects/affects everything from life to foreign policy. No wonder our understanding of the mind is so fuzzy that we do not have 'mind' as a topic in High School.
'The brain is the engine, while the car is the physical body of the human being where the mind is the driver of this car of life.'

For the vast majority of humanity the brain is the defective motor that runs the car of life. While it is the driver, the mind that should be in charge. The engine should run perfectly driven by the perfect mind but unfortunately the car of life has many breakdowns/runs into the ditch/the breaks fail/there are headlong collisions/the car jerks/sputters etc. as the engine is defective. This causes even the driver/mind tension/fatigue/anger/frustration/depression/unhappiness/jealousy/restlessness and all the other known and yet to be known emotional problems. Thus the brain condition effects the mind condition which effects the driving/living quality of the car of life.

This motor being defective creates maintenance problems that result in all kinds of emotional problems. Not only does this make us suffer individually, it makes us suffer as groups and countries. This is the direct cause of wars and group jealousies, divorces and depression, poverty and emotional ignorance. This causes us physical and emotional pain. This is also a direct result of most not finding pure happiness, the ultimate goal of philosophy.

We continue to bring up our children with the same defective upbringing. The knowledge that we put into the brain is the fuel that drives the brains motor. This fuel we start putting into the brain from the fetus stage onwards. Fortunately most fetus have a deep cushion in the form of the womb and so the womb-life time fuel is mostly innately good. The fuel during upbringing is another matter. Those who provide this defective knowledge/fuel in the form of defective upbringing/beliefs, cause physical damage to the brain motor. As a result the brain motor/engine becomes damaged and creates all kinds of physical/emotional problems for the car/car of life. Having a defective car makes the driver/mind emotionally defective. And we all know a defective car motor causes lots of break downs depending on the extent of the motor damage. In life these breakdowns come in the form of all sorts of emotional troubles for individuals as well as for groups. Whole societies become emotionally and physically sick and one can see this in the form of whole countries being corrupt, tolerating dictatorships, over spending on defense etc., etc..

Even the so called well educated countries like America provide defective fuel to the brain motor in the form of 'my child is the best' thus creating a defective brain motor that creates trophy self images across the board.

All this opens up a huge new avenue to understanding the mind sciences from sociology to psychology to education and every mind science subject in between. In fact it opens up opportunities to apply these insights to enhance every mind science subject and even more important it gives us an opportunity to open up and create a whole new world of insights that not only wakes us up to the different functions of the mind and brain it also gives us the opportunity to create a new subject just like math and science that enables man to educate and reeducate en mass entire populations to become super mature by perfectly aligning the brain, mind and the true self. Just think of the impact of super maturity on individual, group and country life.


Rose   September 20th, 2010 6:24 pm ET

@ Smith in Oregon

Too funny! Unfortunately accurate and a sad reflection on Republican "leaders". Here are some more dis-honorable quotes by GW Bush for your entertainment:

– "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream".

– "I know how hard it is for you to put food "on" your family".

– "I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft". (2nd presidential debate)

– "I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully".

– "You work three jobs? Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." (to a divorced mother of three).

– "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."

– "They misunderestimated me."

– "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?"

– "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we".

– "There's an old saying in Tennessee – I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can't get fooled again."

I won't start on Palin. I don't speak Palinish, her self-created words such as "refudiate". Palin's stunt word challenges are evident whenever she is off script: pre-written by someone who knows English (a second language for Palin – able to read but cannot speak fluently).

Her crash course from the "GW Bush Presidential School of Language Malapropism" has not helped either.


Jim Carroll   September 20th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

NATIONAL DEBT IS NOT YOURS OR YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
The Republican Party would be dead in the water if it didn't have this dead horse to beat.

THE BIGGEST LIE EVER PERPETRATED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THE CONSERVATIVES AND CONGRESS IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE NATIONAL DEBT IS THEIR DEBT, THEIR CHILDREN’S DEBT AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN’S DEBT. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. THE GOVERNMENT’S DEBT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S DEBT AND NOT THE PEOPLE’S DEBT, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS IN A POSITION TO EASILY MANAGE THEIR DEBT.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS: THE TOTAL ASSETS OF THE U.S. ECONOMY IS $213 TRILLION, AND THE NATIONAL DEBT IS $13.1 TILLION, WHICH IS ONLY 6.1% OF THE TOTAL ASSETS.
THE GDP DOES NOT GO BACKTO ZERO ON DECEMBER THIRTY- FIRST OF EACH YEAR, BUT EACH MONTH KEEPS ADDING TO THE ECONOMIC ASSETS OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. ARTICLE
1, SECTION 8, OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE POWER TO BORROW MONEY ON ITS ASSETS, THE POWER TO TAX, AND THE
POWER TO CREATE MONEY.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWE ONLY 6.1% OF YOUR ECONOMIC ASSETS , BE ABLE TO COLLECT TAXES FROM EVERYONE IN AMERICA, AND BE ABLE TO CREATE MONEY? THAT’S THE STATUS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH HAS THE MEANS TO COPE WITH ANY FINANCIAL SITUATION.

IF YOU ARE LOSING SLEEP OVER THE NATIONAL DEBT AND THINKING THAT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ARE GOING BROKE, GO BACK TO SLEEP. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. IF YOU WANT TO WORRY ABOUT THESE THINGS, DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE MONEY PART. ANY DEFICIT CAN BE MADE UP OUT OF GENERAL FUNDS.

THIS BIG LIE ABOUT THE NATIONAL DEBT STANDS IN THE WAY OF THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AS MUCH MONEY AS IT SHOULD TO EDUCATE, TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT, TO HAVE UNIVERSAL
HEALTH CARE, TO KEEP A BALANCED MONEY SUPPLY AT ALL TIMES, AND TO INITIATE PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE GOOD HOUSING FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.

IN SUMMARY, YOU DON’T OWE A CENT ON THE NATIONAL DEBT, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT BROKE BUT RATHER IT IS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE.

WE NEED TO TAX LESS, BORROW LESS, AND CREATE MORE MONEY.

CONSERVATIVES STAND IN THE WAY OF PROGESSIVE IDEAS, RAILING AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT AND TALKING ENDLESSLY ABOUT ELIMINATING ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS.
THE NEWS MEDIA SHOULD BE ASKING THESE PEOPLE WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BIG GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THEY WOULD DROP: THE ARMY, THE NAVY, THE AIR FORCE, THE MARINE CORPS, THE COAST GUARD, THE CIA, THE SECRET SERVICE, THE FBI, HOMELAND SECURITY, THE FDA, THE FAA, OTHER DEPARTMENTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE SUPREME COURT, ALL THE FEDERAL COURTS, THE INTERSTATE AND U.S. HIGHWAY SYSTEMS, THE POST OFFICE, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, IRS, PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND THE HUNDREDS OF OTHER BIG GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS THAT HELP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AND WHICH WE CANNOT DO WITHOUT.

THE CONSTITUTION Article 1, Section 8 The congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, impost and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; to borrow money on the credit
of the United States; TO COIN MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF, AND OF FOREIGN COIN,
AND FIX THE STANDARD OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES...


Sajid Ali Khan   September 20th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

Dear Rick:
I have found a way where we can fully accomplish the goals of emotional intelligence education without the need to define exactly mind, self, consciousness and wisdom!

The problem with emotional intelligence education is that the topics connected with emotional intelligence namely: mind, self, consciousness, wisdom are all very fuzzy and extremely hard to define. And what science cannot define science will not touch. So in spite of all the progress of the realization that emotional intelligence is as important as regular intelligence main stream science has still not even made an attempt to create a subject that teaches emotional intelligence. Well I have found a way where we can fully accomplish the goals of emotional intelligence education without the need to define exactly mind, self, consciousness and wisdom!

The self, mind, emotional intelligence quality ( where the highest emotional intelligence is wisdom), consciousness are so tightly biochemically bonded together that it would not be wrong to say that these are all one and the same entity. In simple terms the self's quality reflects and is tied to the mind's quality, which is tied to the quality of consciousness, which is tied to the quality of emotional intelligence. Thus if emotional intelligence is -2, then the mind is -2, consciousness is
-2 and the self is -2. The quality of each one of them is one and the same. If the quality of anyone of them is improved then the quality of each one of the rest is improved to the same level. It is like each one of them are four boats in the river and as the water level rises they all rise equally.

Now the nature of reality is such that say for example gold is yellow. It is not like gold is something else that has the color gold, the yellow color is the very being of gold. Gold and the color yellow are totally physically and chemically integrated. Again it is not like Gd has wisdom which would mean that Gd is a separate entity that has wisdom, for this would mean that wisdom being the highest good is something possessed by Gd. Thus it would mean that Gd is the highest because He has wisdom. By His very concept Gd does not need anything to be the highest authority. Thus the fact that He is Gd means that He is also wisdom itself. Similarly we can say that wisdom/mind/self/consciousness are all one and the same entity. These are all integral parts of the same substance of nature that we call a human being. These are all physically and biochemically integrated into one standard quality.

Of course even if they are not the same entity their quality is totally well integrated where it is the one and same. The pure self is also the wise self, the top conscious self and the super mature emotionally intelligent mind. By improving the quality of the self we will also be bringing the self closer and closer to being wise. Thus by cultivating one we can cultivate them all and as we can cultivate the self we can cultivate wisdom and if we can understand and cultivate wisdom then we can cultivate the self. Thus we will be creating all four namely wisdom, self, consciousness and the mind of the same quality.

So the question is which one of these we understand the most and so can improve and try to develop. The one that we can see, observe, feel and understand is our self. As our mind works in images, (it is just the way things are in nature), we percieve our self as our self image. So it is our self image that we know the most. We also know that the self image at the +2 level is the closest possible to the real self. Therefore to improve all four to the highest +2 level we need to develop our self image to the +2 level.

The reason why all these four entities in human beings have the very same properties is because these are all innate entities of the physical brain. And it is the nature of innate properties
that they develop and actualize together to the same level. Inate properties are like fragrances whose quality translates into the same level quality as the different components of the whole body that emits the fragrance. For instance if the flower plant is nurtured well then the fragrance will also be of high quality and even the flower will be healthy along with the branches, the trunk and the roots.

It is a given fact that the highest achievable emotionally intelligent quality is when the self is free from the clutches of the self image. So the aim of emotional intelligence education is to make the self image as close to the person's real self as possible. And when the self image becomes +2 then the mind becomes +2, consciousness becomes +2 and his emotional intelligence becomes +2.

So lets take for granted that the mind, wisdom, self and consciousness are the one and the same entity because if we develop anyone of them to the super mature emotional intelligence level then we develop all of them to the highest emotional intelligence level. Thus we can accomplish the goals of emotional intelligence education without defining the self, mind, wisdom and consciousness.


Sajid Ali Khan   September 21st, 2010 10:47 am ET

Dear Larry:
What are we going to do after you retire? We are so used to your being in our living room. Please do not disapear from our lives. Please start a Huntington post like magazine on CNN. You can call it, 'Larry King partnersip/post to change the world.' I can join you and I can post a 1000 original articles like the following:

Is Creation by Intelligent Design?
Since very early in life I have tried to read every thing and anything that would make me understand my own emotional holes. When I figured out where my nervousness and shyness was coming from and started feeling comfortable with myself I realized that being normal was not enough because around me there were people who were super cool. So I said why not try to become like them? So my quest for super maturity continued. One of the best sources for me was the obituaries in the NY Times and in the Time Magazine from these I learned the essence of the experiences of the departed beings. And the kind of article that attracted my attention was any questions related to the mega questions of life. One of these articles in the Time magazine was, 'Nobody knows why nature tosses a billion sperm when one can do the job'. So I forgot everything else. It is something in us Lucknow citizens like the chess players of Lucknow in Satiya Jeeth Ray's movie anything can be happening but the chess players are focused on the next move..
So the next two weeks I forgot to shave, eat or sleep. I set myself to figuring out this great mystery of life: Why indeed nature tosses a billion sperm when one can do the job. So I went about writing down all the facts that I could decipher from this fact of nature. And this is how I proceeded.

1) It is a real honest to goodness authentic life and death sperm race.
It became very clear that nature wants only a winner to be born every time.

a) The next question became why does nature want a real winner and why would nature let so many sperm die?

It became apparent that nature wants such a real winner because nature wants to give the chance of life only to the very best of the very best and in order to insure a real heavy weight champion of champions nature had to make the sperm race real and really huge. Throwing a billion sperm into each sperm race meant giving the chance to any one sperm to be the best in a billion! So every birth that takes place ensures the birth of a champion of a billion sperm. So nature has insured that every human being born is the winner of the billion sperm race. That includes you and me and every one else conceived naturally.

Now to ensure a billion sperm race champion it becomes clear that nature had to use a billion sperm. This answers the question posed by Time magazine.

2) However why is the sperm made so tiny and the egg so huge?

For the simple reason of logistics and the practicality of the amount of bodily material required to produce a billion sperm of the size of the egg. Just imagine a billion sperm the size of the egg. Given the capacity of human energy and the size of the human testicles it would be impossible to produce egg size sperm and store this huge size sperm in such large quantity in the human size testicles. So probably the testicles would have to be made much bigger than the stomach and much more bodily resources would have to be required to produce this quantity and size sperm than required for the rest of the body for survival. Also the pathway for the sperm race would have to be made much larger. At the male end as well as at the female end. Just imagine the size of the testicles needed to produce this size and quantity of sperm. Also imagine egg size sperm trying to get into the same size egg! Also consider dozens of egg size sperm reaching the destination and each one trying to corner the egg. They would probably choke the single egg.

So in order to make it an astoundingly smashing success nature created this perfectly practical formula of a billion tiny sperm race. Wow what a perfect, intelligently designed formula to create a race of only supreme champions. The question is did a Supreme Being create this perfect intelligent design or was it a result of evolution? One thing is absolutely clear; that who ever designed this sperm race did a perfectly ingenious job.

So the mega question is did this sperm race equation start from so called 'Adam' or is it a result of trial and error? Were there in the beginning just an equal size egg and sperm? Did the sperm then become numerous while remaining the same size? Did the body start to become weak with more and more big size sperm? So the sperm shrunk more and more in size and become more and more in number? We may never know. But one thing is very clear to me, all nature whether conscious or unconscious has a built in genetic code that drives it to behave in an evolutionary way.

Perhaps it is a built in trait of every piece of reality/matter ( and I am speculating here ) to evolve towards self improvement. Still it is hard to imagine such a perfectly crafty intelligent design of a sperm race happening by accident or chance or evolution with out some one creating it thoughtfully. Or perhaps someone created this built in property in all matter that matter will always evolve towards perfection; a perpetual improvement gene in all matter.

The question still remains unanswered who designed the sperm race but it is very clear it is a stroke of beyond genius and it is definitely intelligent design either by Gd or by inbuilt intelligent design property in all matter.


Sajid Ali Khan   September 22nd, 2010 7:34 pm ET

Determining President Obama’a faith in the context of the differences in the human brain and mind.
While investigating an individual’s personality and or belief system the knowledge of the differences between brain and mind create a much more comprehensive understanding of the person’s beliefs about his religion. The core substance of a person’s very being is forged during the first 6 years of one’s life. The ambience and emotional environment of one’s group core beliefs play the crucial role of embedding themselves into the actual physical brain structure providing the core beliefs a biochemical foundation. It is the mind that consciously as well as subconsciously absorbs and assimilates the belief system and gradually passes it on to the brain. The brain develops its own personal reality soaked in the belief system provided by the mind. The day in, day out feedback from the mind gets integrated into the unconscious brain changing the brain physically. Thus the foundational group beliefs form at the biochemical level. So the person’s brain projects the group prejudices at the unconscious level. The brain and mind project the group emotions at the subconscious level and the mind projects the same emotions at the conscious level.
When the youngster is taken away from one belief environment and put into another belief environment if the child’s new environment is a more loving environment then the mind gradually switches without much hitch from the old belief to the new belief. Gradually the old belief system embedded at the subconscious level also gets ground down till it disappears and is replaced by the new belief system. However, at the unconscious level the old beliefs are well embedded in a biochemical foundation that is not just emotional but also physical. This foundation also gets slowly chipped away and what is left gets pushed deeper and deeper into the unconscious.
The way the brain and mind work, for adults the first impression is said to be the last impression; so just imagine the first belief system’s impressions day in and day out for a few long years. These prolonged first impressions on a subjective and very impressionable brain/mind of a child leave their so called scars for ever. As they say you can take the belief out of the person but you cannot take the person out of the belief. So at the mind level the persons new belief takes a firm hold at the conscious as well as the subconscious level. And the person is saying the truth when he says that he is totally the new beliefs adherent. However at the unconscious brain level, unknown to the person, a good chunk of traces of the old belief will always remain and these can never be eradicated at the physically biochemical and unconscious brain level.
However to investigate a person’s current beliefs one has to take into account the child’s early religious environment and history. We will have to examine the beliefs of the parents. What kind of school the child has been sent to. Which parent treated the child better.
In the case of President Obama the crucial questions are:
1) Did his mother also convert to Islam?
It is very clear that his mother did not convert to Islam which means she must have celebrated Christmas and if President Obama the child enjoyed the Christmas celebrations it means he consciously and unconsciously admired the Christian rituals and thus even the Christian faith from the very early unconscious brain stage. Also it is very clear that his mother having married a Muslim even the second time means she was very liberal and unorthodox. This must have created an unorthodox and liberal attitude even in Obama.

Loving and accepting his mother at that early stage meant loving and accepting all Christians at the unconscious brain level. In fact I have advocated different faith dolls to eradicate hate. You see in a Muslim house the early brain is exposed to Muslim, Muslim, and Muslim only; and so the unconscious belief of a larger than life importance of Islamic beliefs gets embedded at the brain and mind levels.

Now a child gets pleasure from his toys. Anything that gives one pleasure one loves and respects. I have suggested/invented this concept that if a Muslim child is given a Hindu doll then he will get pleasure from playing with the Hindu doll. Thus he will love and respect his Hindu doll. So the actual reality of life that the child is hidden from; that the world has other faiths too; will be introduced early on and when the Muslim child groups up and meets Hindus the love for the Hindu doll will trigger the love for the real life Hindu. In the case of President Obama he had every moment contact with his Christian mother who was a source of pleasure, happiness and comfort and so the love for Christians and Christianity came unconsciously with the upbringing provided by his Christian mother. So President Obama’a conscious, subconscious and unconscious brain and mind got biochemically charged with pro Christian bias. The fact that at an early age his Christian grandparents took over his upbringing, his respect and love for Christianity being already in place it was very easy for his brain and mind to embrace Christianity at the unconscious, subconscious and conscious level. Both his brain and mind embraced Christianity with ease.

2) Another important question is how did his Muslim step father treat him? If his Muslim step father treated him badly or even treated him not as good as his Christian mother then even this factor resulted in Obama ending up unconsciously at the brain level, liking the Christian faith more. One thing is certain; his Christian grandparents definitely treated him better than his Muslim step father and so at both the brain and mind levels the unconscious link to Christianity resulted in greater respect and reverence for the Christian faith.

3) Another question is was his step father orthodox? And if he abused and mistreated President Obama harshly then this too would result in President Obama not like all that was associated with his step father including religion.

Thus even if at the deep core unconscious brain level President Obama may still have the Muslim beliefs embedded in his brain these beliefs will not amount to much except they will compel him unconsciously to respect the Muslim faith. Every reason why Muslim countries must give him space and trust him.

Also one must not forget that President Obama was exposed to both Christian and Muslim beliefs from the very beginning of his unconscious brain’s learning journey. And there is every evidence to suggest that he is a genuine Christian, as the early brain is favorably disposed towards pleasure and it is clear that the Christian side of the family provided President Obama with more pleasure.

However there are other factors to be considered; growing up in a particular religious environment even an orthodox one does not ensure an orthodox outcome. Just as two siblings grow up with the same genes and the same environment and yet one turns out into a liberal and the other orthodox. Judging from President Obama’s behavior one can see that even his harshest critics agree that he is an extreme liberal!


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