All war is symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal. 


Given man’s presumed intelligence as a specie, would it not be most logical to assume that there might always be an intelligent discourse that would preclude the necessity for violence? 

William Shakespeare said, “We but teach bloody institutions, which being taught, return to plague the inventor.”

We have all of the prerequisites necessary to evolve into a peaceful culture, yet the overwhelming and seemingly insatiable desire to acquire, hoard assets and vital life elements continues century after century to maintain man’s position as the most dangerous creature on Earth.

Numerous saviors have emerged, with messages of peace, and an overall perspective of a brotherhood of Man, and yet, regardless of the continuous messages from disparate resources and cultures, man continues to proliferate our most violent tendencies, and seemingly and willingly relegate other segments of humanity to a perceived lower class status, (which mistakenly justifies the plundering of their resources in favor of the more aggressive of the two opposing cultures). 

Even more surprising, the continuous exposure to messages from presumed peaceful messiahs has managed to only further detach large segments of humanity from other large segments of humanity, predicated primarily upon their respective disparate belief systems. Yet their creation, and their overall meaning, purpose, and value, for having walked planet earth, would appear to be a constant. 

The continuous dichotomy of perspectives is presumably one of the largest reasons for continuous bloodshed between segments of humanity. The unwillingness to consider the alternate perspectives that are expressed by others continuously breeds contention, and as a direct result…violence, cruelty and death. 

Humanity has a much higher purpose for our brief appearance on this vast three-dimensional playground that we called earth. 

Underneath many of the violent and antagonistic behaviors lies a subculture of humanity that embraces each other through filters of mutual respect, admiration and curiosity… all of which are the prerequisites and building blocks for a more evolved human culture to ultimately rise and prevail. 

It is only through the continuous education of each subsequent generation that we are fully capable of one day finally realizing humanity’s higher purpose and ultimately facilitate the coming together as one. 

Happy Tuesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!