Rants

Mr. Google – Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

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I’m a self confessed ‘Googler’. Most of the time i search for answers on the Internet and find the most extreme outcome. Definitely not healthy for a catastrophiser. And when you become a parent you catastrophise about the health and wellbeing of your offspring as well as your own.

Talking as a former babyphobe, posts about parenthood are generally boring at best, nauseating at most. But if feel i need to rant this one out for the sake of my own sanity as well as for other new parents out there.

I have been scared into believing that if i don’t follow all the advice out there i’m going to create a monster. I’ve spent the last eight months panicking that i’m going to end up with a child that never sleeps.

You get told a lot of things when you are expecting or the parent of a small child but here’s two things that i did not get told. The first is a warning but i’m hoping that the second will bring some comfort.

Firstly, people joke that you can kiss sleep goodbye, but they don’t explain that this is a byproduct of the battle to get your baby to sleep. Whoever came up with the expression “sleeping like a baby” was the biggest joker of all. Yes all babies are different and not everyone will have this problem, but from personal experience and my trawling of the virtual world of distraught parents; some babies just won’t sleep!

Here’s the second bit of advice, the good news…. sometimes you just have to be patient so stop panicking and just enjoy your child. Trust your instincts and know that you’ve got this . It may feel that your child will never sleep through the night, or you’ll never get that magical three hour nap from them so you can actually get some time to yourself. But it does happen, they will sleep on their own and my eight month old is evidence of that.

So….stop believing everything you read, stop being scaremongered and enjoy those precious moments. Your baby can sleep in your arms sometimes, they can come into your bed and you don’t have to leave them to scream themselves to sleep.

Now i just need to remember my own advice when i reach the next hurdle! Oh, and as this is an art blog, here’s a sketch of my bundle of joy, well rested and fresh from his nap!

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Left-Wing v Right-Wing

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Politics seems to be the new trend. It’s at the forefront of everyone’s attention and we all want to get involved. Either that or my age is reflecting my interests! Although the recent turnouts at the polling stations seemed to say otherwise.

Until relatively recently I wasn’t even sure what ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’ even meant. Now there seems there is a clear gap between the two and ‘left-wing’ seems to be the increasingly popular persuasion. This has made me wonder how people settle into their preferred ‘wing’ and whether there is any benefit to a right-wing society.

The definition of left-wing (“The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) suggests that the current system is right-wing. By definition, right-wing is concerned with enterprise and private ownership as well as opposing any reformation from the left-wing (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com). This makes sense considering we are living in a capitalist society, and sure, there is some need to concern ourselves with the trade that keeps our monetary system afloat, but why does it all need to be privately owned? Wouldn’t it be better if we all worked together?

Rather than the conservative’s organisational perspective of private ownership, socialism gives the power back to the people. This could mean the decentralisation of the system and the localisation of power over production and trade. So the power is taken away from the large corporations and given back to the people – no more monopolisation of basic human requirements such as food, fuel and medical care. That doesn’t seem so bad does it?

So why are the righty’s such advocates for the corporations? Are they still conditioned to believe that they are acting in our best interests? That they care more about the people and the environment than they do about money and power? It’s no coincidence that the rise of socialist views corresponds with the realisation of the corruption of the modern world. Or that people have started to take a dislike for the concentration of wealth – the 1%.

I was going to try and write neutral post, but I guess I’m a lefty through and through! Here’s my depiction of a ‘righty’ in 3D:

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The Ostrich Rant

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It’s been a while since my last installment; I’ve obviously not had much to ponder or confess. Despite the growing general consensus that our government are incapable of running our country and that war and prejudicial viewpoints are neither big nor clever, we seem to be past the point of no return. And as much as it pains me, I feel as helpless as I’m sure you all do. My usual timely rants and creative outbursts seem powerless in comparison to the idiocracy that is our government. Particularly considering the ease in which they decided upon the appropriateness of violent acts in response to the Paris attacks.

I guess that my confession would therefore be that I am so overwhelmed with everything that’s wrong with the world, that I’ve lost focus. I’m being a proverbial ostrich and my creativity has been buried alongside my head. Maybe now’s not the time for action art, but I can’t just sit back and do nothing. It’s time to seek reformed ostriches and see what the rest of the enlightened world are doing about it all. And since I now live in a community-focused city I’m launching personal project “Research, Network and Get Involved.”

 

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I want the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me god!

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I am angered and appalled on a daily basis by the lack of transparency and downright clandestine approach the government takes to matters of public interest. I list the particular subjects I refer to in increasing order of annoyance:

 

  • The withholding of information on astronomical research and extra-terrestrial activity
  • Threats (or lack of threats) to national security
  • The black budget
  • The domination of science, in particular medical research, nutrition and climate change

 

The situation is a model of today’s hierarchical approach to society and the inequality that exists. Who decided who should and shouldn’t have access to information about a world that we all share and we should all exist on as equals? And how do we know that this information is in the right hands? Surely someone who thinks themselves worthy of access to this kind of information and not others is definitely not worthy, and is not the kind of person to be trusted with it in the first place.

Yet again I plead for the truth, unbiased avenues for distributing the truth and more people to start seeking them!

 

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Why is it So Difficult to Take Your Own Advice…?

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I listen to a lot of my friends problems, talking through them and coming up with viable solutions. With my interest in psychoanalysis I can see to some extent where problems stem from therefore helping to understand how to resolve them.

I use the same approach for myself; analysing the roots of my issues and recognising areas for change. Why doesn’t this approach ever seem to get me anywhere though? If I know the root of the problem and the solution, why do I keep going round in circles?

This conundrum has got me thinking about the mental states of similar thinkers. Are all psychoanalysts suffering from the same feeling that their worlds are spinning out of control? And does that mean that they are therefore not in any position to be helping anyone else with their problems?

The only conclusion I can draw from this is the fact that trying to deal with my own problems myself is counterproductive. That exploring personal issues internally, from my own viewpoint is doing me no good whatsoever therefore completely nullifying my attempts to “know oneself.”

Back to square one for me it seems…yet again.

 

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Money or Health & Wellbeing? Not Such a Straightforward Answer it Seems…

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Well it’s a sad day for a lot of people in Britain today. It seems that people’s priorities still lie with their banks accounts rather than the health and wellbeing of the country. I only hope you’re happy sat in your mansions whilst the rest of us suffer our austerities. My hopes that as a country we were starting to wake up and see things for what they really are have been quashed. My idealistic dreams of an enlightened and empathic society; crushed.

The only positive I can take from it all is the pride I feel for the people in my life that have shown overwhelmingly how much they care about their country and the people who reside there. Politics isn’t the most enjoyable of topics to take a keen interest in, yet people have engaged and taken action. My hope is that they continue to fight for the good of the nation.

 

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If it Makes You Happy, Why the Hell Are You so Sad?

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Digressing from the realms of confessional art, my focus has landed on the causes our global epidemic, the symptomatic human condition. Where previously I laid blame on the design flaws of the human psyche, I have recently admitted that there may be other forces at work.

Yes we are living in a virtual reality, forgetting who we really are and living our lives through our egos like characters in a video game. Every completed level providing nothing more than a key to the next, where there’s yet more puzzles, more enemies to beat and more of a chance it seems, of ending up right back at the beginning again. But it’s not the ego alone that keeps us within this construct; it’s also the carefully designed layout of the game. The layout panders to our every want and need. Our own egoic traits being used against us as we blindly consume, acquire and own, whilst forever collecting those little shiny coins.

Now ideally I would like to stop playing this game completely. But until a considerable amount of people also make this choice; we are stuck here because we have no easy alternative. I am on a quest to bring about awareness and therefore bring about change. I, like many others, am trying to change the world. And I do so through my creative endeavours. My artwork is a direct consequence of my quest for knowledge, my search for the truth and my hope for change. My medium where possible reflects my dislike for materialism and consumerism. I use audio-visual technology and online writing to make immaterial art, temporary art and art that tries to escape the evils of commodity fetishism and monetary worth. It only “tries” at the moment because inevitably whilst we’re still stuck in this system it’s much too easy to get dragged back down with it. But this serves as a reminder as to why I am doing all this.

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