Selfie Sticks and Knickknacks (A Unique Take on Tourism)

Tourism is an interesting phenomenon.

On the surface, it seems pretentious and annoying – flocks of foreigners, swooping in on new (to them) lands, taking more pictures than they’ll be able to look at in five lifetimes and throwing their money at local knickknacks that don’t really serve any purpose; all while looking laughably out of place.

But tourism as we see it today is a symptom of transition. People are starting to become interested in different places, different cultures and different ideas. And that’s a beautiful thing. It’s just that most folks haven’t yet honed their inner guidance system enough to proficiently pilot their newfound curiosity through this hybridized world of natural wonder infused with exponentially increasing technology.

The old paradigm, which never served humanity or our planet in the first place, is fading away before our very eyes. We’re moving away from the days of people comfortably sitting in their “identity boxes” (nationality, sex, race, religion…etc.), ignorantly fearful of those within other “identity boxes.” Two world travelers, even from the most different places imaginable, will never go to war against one another. Why? They’ve seen and experienced enough to realize that, at the end of the day, we’re all humans, co-inhabiting this big floating rock. Ignorance is the prerequisite for division-based violence. And in today’s transparent, global society, the dark shadows of ignorance are quickly being illuminated out of existence.

We (the people, not the lawmakers) are also harmonizing many areas of the world toward a more peaceful vibration. This is the flip-side of the utter monstrosity that was colonial imperialism/vampirism. Tourism can be corny, annoying and even mildly exploitative at times, but it’s a step in the right direction. The underlying intentions of tourism (curiosity, wonder and adventure of everyday people) are a far cry from the intent of organized oppression and thievery of entire continents by those in power.

We’re waking up to the fact that we’re all humans, sharing this planet. A reinvigorated, healthy respect for one another, as well as Pachamama (Mother Earth), is sweeping through our collective consciousness. Today’s tourism, tinged with selfie sticks and knickknacks, is just a silly bridge between the old and the new.

One love.

– Stevie P

PS – This post wouldn’t be complete without a selfie of my own…

I don’t usually take selfies, but when I do it’s with contemplative monkeys.

A photo posted by steviepthatsme (@steviepthatsme) on


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Thanksgiving Alchemy: Leveraging the Deception


Digitally blurred reproduction of the painting entitled The First Thanksgiving 1621, by JLG Ferris. (public domain)

It’s about that time of year again in the “land of the free” (inversion). The holiday season… An interesting potpourri of family time, blind consumerism and people too busy mindlessly carrying on tradition to take a step back and ask “Why?”

Today is Thanksgiving. I could go into a long, drawn-out argument tearing apart the official story, but that’s not the focus here. The bottom line is that, like always, the story we’re told is a fabricated half-truth. It’s silly to think that an amicable feast between “Pilgrims” and “Indians” even happened and it’s just a wee bit misguided to essentially celebrate the genocide of Native Americans.

Just be aware of the shadowy manipulation of history and tradition. And remember that you don’t have to give your energy to the deception. But there’s also no need to throw the baby out with the bath water. You don’t have to completely give up on society and live in a tree house in the woods by yourself.

Here’s what you can do to leverage the deception and still have a good time:

1. View Thanksgiving as an opportunity to get together with family. You don’t have to participate in any of the rituals. You don’t have to eat what “you’re supposed to” eat. You don’t have to decorate your house like everyone else does. You don’t have to give any of your energy to the deception. But you can use it as an opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Because that’s what’s really important, right? Cherish the moment.

2. Buy from local sources and companies helping the world. Support local farmers by buying from them. Also, buy holiday gifts from companies who are making a positive impact on the world. Or even make your own gifts. Don’t just be a mindless, conzombie (consumer zombie). Are you financially supporting the problem or the solution? Think about it. Vote with your dollar and help to make the world a better place.

3. Show gratitude. You don’t have to give thanks for the false story we’ve been sold, but be grateful for the moment. Give thanks for your family. Give thanks for having food. Give thanks for this gift we call life. Take a moment to stop and just be receptive to gratitude. Feel the love. Gratitude and fear can’t coexist. Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

4. Have fun. Don’t take things too seriously. There’s no need to fret over stupid decorations. There’s no need to worry about getting a turkey when they’re sold out of every store (or farm because hopefully you’re going there). There’s no need to obsess over the lie that’s been force-fed to us. Relax and have a good time. Laugh, smile and be your fun-loving, authentic self.

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

That’s how to become an alchemist during Thanksgiving and the rest of this holiday season.

Much love.

-Stevie P!