Tuesday, 9 April 2013

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Being engaged in politics you know that not everyone will ever be happy. Someone will always think that the political system can be improved. Each party campaigns to win votes so that their vision of the perfect political system can be put into place. Can a political system ever be perfect, even just for a moment, or will new changes and problems in the country require new solutions? In my opinion the perfect political system is one that is always changing to meet the needs and wants of the people it governs.
Political activism is an accepted part of our societal system that allows for expression of dissatisfaction and inducement for change of certain policies or actions performed by those with political power. Malcolm X is a political activist that pointed to this fact of our society by saying “whenever a people come to the conclusion that the government which they have supported proves itself unwilling or proves itself unable to protect our property…we ourselves band together to do whatever, however, whenever is necessary to see that our lives and our property are protected.” (X, 163). He alludes to the American constitution which states that the people have a right to rebellion if their lives, liberty or property is compromised, or they deem the government unfit. (Anderson).
Malcolm X intended to practice this right to rebellion through extremism. (X, 162) He, wanted to “speak the language that they understand” (X, 164) meaning the language of violence and possibly political philosophy that his oppressors have spoken to him and people of his race for many years. (Anderson) The only problem with that is the one which Mohandas K. Gandhi points out about violence in his speech “Means and Ends”. He proves that violence breeds violence, and the type of means you use to get your message across will dictate the response you get. So, if you use violence to communicate your message, you will be responded to with violence. He explains this through a series of analogies such as “you can [not] get a rose through planting a noxious weed” or worship God by means of Satan. (Gandhi, 166)
Gandhi put his theory into practice during the 1930 salt marches. Protestors did not defend themselves from the police in order to gain sympathy and eventual withdrawal of the police. (Miller, 1) This worked, and eventually Britain’s rule over India ceased. (Anderson)
How plausible is this in the modern world? Gandhi was rebelling in India, the Indian police officers were as much being robbed by British rule as the protestors, which essentially would put them on the side of Gandhi’s protestors. He called the media to watch these demonstrations and report for him. The Indian media was unbiased in its portrayal of the brutalities that occurred on the side of the police when the stories went to print in British newspapers (Anderson).
The G20 protests in Toronto were another story. There was in no way a confusion of who was on whose side. It was very clear for all involved that police and media were against the protestors. Pictures depict the police heroically (Figure 1, Anderson), and protestors as violent (Figure 2, Anderson). For anyone who was there, or saw real footage taken by protestors it was clear the police were preforming brutal acts of violence on protestors in a non-violent demonstration, and the burning car was in fact planted by the police, to make the protestors look violent. This is a quote about the situation from a participant at the G20 protests:
“The real news journalism was done by the love vibe people downtown on their bikes and in their garages. If people pay attention to and believe how the popular media portrays what went down, they are their own worst enemy and need to wake up to their own naivety. I personally saw the cop car sitting there many blocks behind the protest lines and out of view of the police lines, for a long time. Long enough to have it removed 10 times, and long enough to see dozens of people, activists and regular passersby, gawking at the deserted cop ar in the middle of the road. No other vehicles were left there or nearby, it was in the middle of Queen Street. You wouldn't see a cop car left alone unattended like that for hours on Queen Street today without a protest. It was planted and an instigation for the civil disobedience, and not a reflection of the protesters. If it was left like that today downtown somebody would go mess with it. At the G20 the only actual violence I saw was all 100% the police, and I saw some bad vicious stuff. Small weak people being beaten brutally and majorly wounded. It was shocking. Small older woman being physically assaulted and violently arrested and taken away by multiple officers” (Childs)
This real account is in clear contrast to anything the popular media would have you believe about what happened. Such skewing of perception by media is common, and makes it very difficult for anything like the salt marches to occur in our society. 
What the G20 protests lacked was organization and a common message. Something that both Gandhi and X had in common is that they believed in strategic and intelligently directed protest. (X, 162) (Anderson). 
Gandhi also believes in educating people as a form of protest. (Gandhi, 168). He educated people through petitions, and he backed the petitions with love force. He did not say that if there was no satisfactory response that violence will be used, he merely said “If you do not concede our demand, we shall no longer be your petitioners. You can govern us as long as we remain governed; we shall no longer have any dealings with you.” That is very powerful. Societal change comes from the internal workings of many individuals coinciding.  A value shift must occur in each one of us. If a large group of people collectively no longer follow a law, there is no way they law can be enforced or maintained. This is a form of protest Gandhi regularly used. Such as when he collected salt from the sea with a large group of people when producing your own salt was illegal in India, so that the British could control the supply of it, even though it is necessary for life in hot climates. (Anderson).
Collective Evolution and Truth Theory are nonprofit organizations in the GTA that spread the truth about corporations and government, and their policies and actions that could be affecting our wellbeing.  They urge people to boycott, and protest unfair actions by either active or passive means. A passive way of protesting against GMOs could be growing your own organic garden, and active way would be attending the march against Monsanto the GMO giant of the U.S. Either way these nonprofits educate people to be able to make informed decision and base their actions on truth, not constructed truth, or the hidden truth in the media, this makes real change possible through either passive or active resistance once people are educated. 
Evolving Families and Heart Harmonized Humans is another group in the GTA that brings people together in order to cultivate ‘love force’, at the meetings we discuss problems we see around us, from the most mundane to the most global and how to “be the change” (Gandhi). The most important part of these meetings is the spiritual aspect, the tribal music, the circle dancing, the connection, and the love and positive energy that is spread to everyone involved. It makes you want to live more consciously, and spread this love to every human being. That kind of internal change is a huge catalyst to order to start protest, or rebellion, or revolution. People not only have to believe in a cause, they need to feel the need to support it, and love for all humanity is a pretty big reason. Evolving Families and Heart Harmonized Humans are successful at raising this awareness and want for good will in people through everything from art, to music, to gardening, to discussion, to hugs. Their use of love force has strongly made me interested in supporting causes and rebelling actively or passively to for what I would see fit as a problem that needs fixing. For these reasons I stand firmly with Gandhi, that education, and spirituality are the strongest tools in the fight for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and I believe in both Gandhi’s and X’s ideas that rebellion must be directed and firmly organized in order to be effective.
Figure 1 

 (Anderson) (http://dontai.com/wp/2010/08/21/toronto-police-g20-kettling-tactics-2010/)

Figure 2
 (Anderson) (http://forums.blueline.ca/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21829&start=180)

Enchantedly Yours,


Sunday, 7 April 2013

My eyes loves the beauty of fashion, my intellect hate the morales of it.


Valentino is playing Michael Nyman's music for Peter Greenaway's Draughtsman’s Contract in his show. I'm proud that I know his influence. An artistic avant-garde dark comedy film. At the same time, I feel this sense of shame, that I am not creating beautiful things with that inspiration, like he and his creative team are. Looking at the models, and the women in the front row makes me very, very sad. They look really hungry, vapid. The customers look just like the models! How much work does it take to look like that? Just to be the pretty face to wear the pretty gown? It makes me sad theses women are not taking that time and effort and putting it into their talents, of which I am sure they have plenty, and creating something beautiful and meaningful for the world. They're just china dolls. They have these prefect lives, that are so full of things, but so empty. I say this not because I know these women, but because this show has made me make a definitive decision in my life. I want to be behind that curtain, creating these beautiful works of art. I feel like I have found my place in fashion. I have an easy life, I have everything I want. And I could float through this world, putting all my efforts into looking modelesque, and buying designer gowns. OR I could express myself. Be an artist. Create, not consume. I want to break the cycle, furthermore, and make my fashion creations outside this system, that drives women to THIS, idealizes THIS. THIS conformity, this annihilation of the self. How do I see this just by looking at the women in the fornt row? A picture tells a thousand words. I know thier lives, I've read celebrity gossip blogs. His gowns are stunning. This show has made it clear to me that I want to be a part of fashion, but not like THIS.

Enchantedly Yours,

Hey Friends,

So this is my first photoshop collage! As you can see it was suppose to be a "colour story" for swimwear. I did it about a skinny dipper.

Enchantedly Yours,


My Beauty Routine


Ok, let me start with my ideas about equality. First of all I don't shave or wax a single hair on my body. I call it hair acceptance. If a man doesn't have to do it why should I? And yes, I still wear bikinis to the pool.

I don't wear a bra. I don't wear make up. I don't wash my face. Am I lazy? Sloppy? Drunk? Crazy?

no. I love myself. I don't feel the need for these things. My beauty routine makes me feel free, wild, true and beautiful.

What's more, I don't waste time on these vanities, that frees my mind and hands to purse my goals, the true ones. Not the "being beautiful" goal.

By Sage Goddess

Enchantedly Yours,


A Beauty Post

Let me start with this:

By Project Beauty

Who doesn‟t want to look like the girl in the magazine? Long legs, tan skin, beautiful face, perfect hair; traits we think are beautiful and admire. But is this photo in the magazine really beautiful when you know the girl has spent two hours getting her hair and makeup done, and then having an outfit picked out by professional stylists who get paid thousands of dollars for each shoot, and then standing in an artificially created set for hours listening to orders on how to pout from the photo director?

The beauty and mystery is even more stripped away when you consider the difficulties this girl has gone through keeping herself very thin to look ethereal for the camera; the months of starving or restrictive dieting that she devotes her energy and mind to. Even worse, when you find out that the beautiful creature looking at you is not even the model who posed initially but a heavily remodelled, photo-shopped version, made by some guy sitting at a computer and digitally manipulating the image to make the girls boobs look bigger. Is it really beautiful now? Consider the effect it has on women, thinking this deformity, this fantastical creation is the way a woman should look. It is ugliness you see in that picture in the magazine.

What is true beauty; manicures and spa days, and hair straighteners? No, I say true beauty is embracing yourself and your nature and radiating it. It is being determined to pursue your own ideal, based on your own personality. It is when a person is so comfortable with themselves and so confident in how their personality is that beautiful feeling shines through and radiates out of their soul.

When you see a truly beautiful person, whether they are short or tall, thin or fat, blue eyed or brown, they can take your breath away because their presence is so strong. Any one of us has the potential to be truly beautiful, for a beautiful person is someone who has embraced their personality and expressed it. It takes true determination to figure out who you are and love yourself fully, enough to live as you like, and showcase your personality to the world; that is how you can make Inner beauty visible to everyone around you. Ultimately, I say, true beauty is true personality.

Enchantedly Yours,

It's procrastination time again, today's m.o.? Cake pops. Chocolate, and vanilla batter, in a caramel vanilla icing...mmmmmm

Enchantedly Yours,


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Enchanted (Obsessive Compulsive) Cooking

So today I knew I had a lot of sewing ahead of me. I needed new entries on my etsy.com site. So I procrastinated by making 75 XL peanut butter cups, chocolate covers strawberries dipped in coconut and sprinkles, chocolate covered bananas, chocolate covered mandarins slices, chocolate covered black berries, raspberry jam filled chocolate cups, ice cream in mini chocolate bowls, chocolates with mandarin filling, black berry filling, banana filling and edible chocolate shot glasses. I needed to clear out the whole freezer to fit these in. I didn't stop until there was no more cupcake liner cups to hold the candies, and the 2 month supply of chocolate was used up...Now tell me I'm insane. It was like an enchanted trance. I didn't even realized the vast quantities. Now friends, if you want one of these yummy treat for a toonie, you better comment ;)

Enchantedly Yours,