Posts Tagged ‘politics’

I’m trying, I’m trying really hard, to understand the world I now live in, but understanding escapes me.

In the Philippines, the current president, Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the execution of thousands of people without trial including feeding one man to a crocodile and he is one of the countries most popular figures. In Syria, the Assad regime has committed mass genocide with Russian military support, causing an influx of refugees from the decimated cities and the international community has done almost nothing and now some of the international communities are closing their borders to refugees and this cold approach is gaining popularity. In the United States, the citizens elected a man to be president who has; referred to his own daughter as a “nice piece of a@#”, called a Mexican judge racist, was endorsed by the KKK, made fun of a mentally handicapped man on television, shoed distrust in almost every government organization (this list continues and does not really get any better). So all theses shameful acts are taking place and instead of shame and compassion the world and its people are bold brazen and it seems just getting started.

What I hear among the bold and brazen is a common thread and it is that, they are not content with the worlds current status quo, they want a revolution. Being a Beatles fan I immediately think of the song Revolution. See the thing about that is this, that song has more lyrics than revolution. Some lyrics I would like to point out follow

But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right, all right, all right

But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right, all right, all right

See for 350 years the Jesuit priests taught dogma which was that, the ends justifies the means.  This dogma is incorrect and has been denounced by the catholic church and most Christian denominations but it seems that the public is turning back to this dogma. The utilitarian ethics is flawed in the Tyranny of the Majority. It seems we may not be facing a Tyranny of the Majority, people want change so badly that they do not care how or what change they receive. In an effort to avoid the tyranny of majority society and individuals  should always, strive to respect all life and show compassion whenever possible. I think this is a great place to bring up another Beatles song.

See this is how I was raised. To respect all life and show compassion but it seems this is not the new normal. Well I for one will side with the church and reject this ends justifies the means mentality that seems to be embraced all around the world, now and I hope you do as well





Gas lighting

Posted: January 3, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Gas lighting is a form of manipulation.  People have manipulated other people for centuries. I often imagine that Homo erectus, when it became capable of abstract though figured out a way to manipulate fellow hominoids and took many resources from the hominoids who worked harder. There are many forms of manipulation. Among the forms of manipulation we see; sympathy and guilt, Seduction (many psychologists agree that this is the most powerful manipulation), Overt intimidation, Outright Lying, Minimizing and Gas lighting. My list is far from complete there are many forms of manipulation, and Gas lighting is more of an hybrid manipulation in that, it uses denial and lying overtime to destabilize and delegitimize a target. The term gas lighting comes from a movie and play called Angel Street. In the play the husband convinced his wife that she was insane through manipulating small elements in her life over time including the gaslights.

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According to psych9ologists, gas lighting is a favorite way of manipulation for, narcissists and sociopaths. Watching how the United States presidential election cycle played out it seemed pretty apropos to discuss gas lighting. I watched men and women, whom are without reproach support a man that is full of guile, hate and overt bigotry. I truly believe some gas lighting has taken place on a national scale.

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I used to joke with a good friend of mine about politicians. I would tell my buddy that a good politician knows how to create a crisis and provide the world with their solution. A great politician creates a crisis sells a solution and when their solution fails spins the crisis so that it is everyone else’s fault.

How can we succeed as a country or an individual when things like gas lighting are happening and working? Well the answer is complicated but at its core I believe that one has to stick to their core values. Core values should prevent someone from working with a despicable person. The virtue ethics like deontology would have prevented someone from working with a despicable person. I understand that there is much room for debate within ethics but developing core values helps keep society from being Gas lighted.

It seems that maybe we as a whole have moved far from our parents core values.

What are your core values? What do they compel you to do and not do and are you following them?

I think knowing and answering these questions can keep us from being manipulated further than we already have been.




Never ever discuss religion or politics. This is a good rule for many reasons. Religion and politics are ripe for controversy and debate for various reasons. Religion and politics deal with the abstract not the actual. Religion and politics are not sciences they are ideas and beliefs great lofty ones, but different diverse and since they are not science they can really not be a right or wrong. Descartes does a bang up job of moving towards ideas being right or wrong through his letter to Guillaume Gibieuf, but it seems important to note that even though, Descrates felt that ideas were so important to the human condition, he did not create a formal treatise concerning his ideas.
An idea creates plans for a tons but the idea itself is not an action as far as society is concerned. You can have all the nefarious thoughts you want but until you act on them society is not affected. Religion and politics are ideas beliefs and thoughts and cannot really be proved or disproved therefore they should not be discussed but this is my blog and I am going to discuss politics (insert gasp here).

Politics: Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos, meaning “of, for, or relating to citizens”) is the practice and theory of influencing other people on a global, civic or individual level. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community.
This is a narrow definition for politics but for this discussion this will be my definition. The politics I would like to discuss are the ones around the tragedy in Ferguson Missouri. I don’t know how you could but if you missed it in the city of ferguson Missouri a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black suspect to death. The shooting was investigated by a grand jury and the grand jury did not find significant evidence to go forward with criminal prosecution of the police officer.
The politics that took place during the investigation and tragedy are what I would like to speak to.
The tragedy as with many galvanized the local community. A dead 18 year old should never happen. What the politics spurred was, (to me an outsider not a member of the ferguson community merely an observer of the media coverage of the tragedy and politics following) an attitude of vengeance, not one of understanding or justice.
Now vengeance and hate are low hanging fruit for politics. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it was easy for the politicians to encourage citizens of the United States to enter the war and kill Japanese. After ww2 ended it was the hate for the Japanese that made it hard to rebuild the island nation. No one in the United States would purchase products made in Japan. This is where in history we see the phrase made in occupied Japan come into play. Buying something made in occupied Japan could be done by someone who hated Japan. Even though hate and vengeance are low hanging fruit and can be snatched quickly I do not think they are best for a cause. Maybe politicians should stick to cooperation understanding and justice.
Understanding is so important when politics take place and most political dramas (the one in Ferguson is no exception) are completely devoid of understanding by the actors.
No one knew the evidence of the altercation that resulted in the death of an unarmed 18 year old black male at the hands of a white officer, and yet theological activist used the unknown situation to promote their causes and agendas. I am not here to argue for or against a political cause or agenda in ferguson drama, I am merely commenting on what seems to be the martyrdom of an unknown victim in a tragic at the time unknown event.
With more information about the victim and the event the politics did not change the two sides seemed to continue to demonize and build up their protagonists.
I guess this is the problem I have with all political action. Politics should work for the good of the people but often as in ferguson politics seem to do more harm then good.
Time will tell but good politics should result in a situation in which law enforcement and a community have a healthy relationship. This so far does not seem to be the case.
I think anytime anyone takes part in political actions it would be a good exercise to ask themselves to what end? An will this do more good than harm?
So that is about as political as I will get ever.

Connect and Learn

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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12 year old me: “Dad, how does a bullet work?” My 30 something year old dad: “Why don’t you look it up?” My forever 20 something year old mom:”That is why I bought these encyclopedias.”  My mom and her mom bought me and my sisters a few sets of encyclopedias. I learned at a young age the importance of research and the meaning of reference materials.

“Why don’t you look it up'” powerful words for a 12 year old to hear. I was always amazed at the massive amounts of information held between the covers of the encyclopedias. I only accepted the information found in the encyclopedias at face knowledge for a limited time, until I was about 13, then I wanted to know how the information was put in there and proven. I was impressed with science because the principles and concepts could be recreated and proven to be true. Empirical evidence has always amazed me. We know that at sea level water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Why do we know this? Well we read it in the encyclopedia and well we got our dads thermometer and measured all the ice in moms ice cube trays, duh. So science was easy, as was math and health but then came philosophy, political science and religion and I was introduced to the gray area.

To the encyclopedias credit articles concerning these areas simply display information, there really isn’t a right or wrong and isn’t that all we can do really? Ahh good point we can do many things. Let me rephrase isn’t this all we should do really? Who am I to suggest that the political party you vote for is wrong or for that matter the philosophy you adhere to or the religion you practice for that matter?  I shouldn’t tell you how to do any of that, but I can tell you that if your political party, philosophy or religion can justify or demand you take life well you should reconsider.  I am certain that for survival life has to be respected. Now I apologize for the digression, but the more I read it seems intolerance is becoming more acceptable and that makes me sad.

The encyclopedia was and still is a great starting point for anyone wishing to connect and learn, but we shouldn’t stop there. With dropping test scores and the political hyperbole thrown around by leaders, (this is truly a shame too, I really do not think the education system is as broken as the leaders make it out to be.  if you think I am wrong I would  challenge you to get to know some school age children), many of the school administrators teachers and other developers of the curriculum for the school system,  have been forced to evaluate the whole school system, here in the United States of America. Being educators analytic thinkers and   what not one of the first things the educators did was to try to, utilizing science and empirical, determine how students learned.

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It seems from the studies done so far hands on learning is the best type of learning for all ages. Students of all ages have to connect and learn and experiment be wrong and right. It seems what works in school, reading a book (connecting with the author), writing a paper about the book (hands on writing like the author) works best for learning.   Learning should never end. We have no excuse for ignorance. We are living in a time when the most people have access to the most knowledge ever. to not learn,  (of course this is not taking into account those with learning disabilities) makes us lazy, indifferent or both.

The reward for hard work is clear. ”

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.”

Richard David Bach (born 1936);

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Today if we take the time to connect and learn through some hands on action, I really feel like we will have a much better day than if we were to go about and complete it as a lazy uneducated and indifferent oaf.



I became and excelled

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I was listening to a woman in a high management position outlining how she broke through the glass ceiling in her corporation, through becoming a better boss by engaging with her charges and employing empathy.

Focusing on purpose is what the experts call this change in management or interaction style. Questions which develop a purpose are internal questions and they are

1. What is good for my business?

2. What is good for me?

After realizing the answer to these questions you can be tempted to start work. Well before you do keep in mind that, these questions should be applied to every interaction during your work day.

Is what I am about to do good for my business?

Is what I am about to do good for me?

If you answer yes to both of these questions then you are headed in the right direction. After a yes plan your execution and march on. A no would indicate that something is wrong. After a no answer to either question, you have to ask more questions. Actually one question. Why is this not good for my business? Why is this not good for me?

These internal questions work for all professions and all professionals, but they also work on a personal level. Our lives seem to become more and more busy. As we grow older we may get involved in and start families, then life becomes exponentially busy.  The level of “stuff” to do seems to grow to monstrous heights and I can’t help but wonder, if I were to ask myself variations of these two questions would that help?

1/ Is this good for my family?

Asking this question my put a halt to many of the activities we engage in that do more harm to good. Asking these questions may also open up new ideas and new activities that give us a fuller richer and more robust life.

2. Is it good for me?

This question is one many family leaders forget to ask. We function in a stoic manner with concern only for our children spouses or parents but we forget if we do not take care of ourselves no one will. Also, if you do not care for yourself you will not be able to help others. You are important special and unique. Never sell yourself short take care of yourself and others always.

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I am convinced that by becoming and excelling at everything we do we will find our experiences in our professional and personal lives to be memorable powerful and truly impact the world.




“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

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Louis Pasteur, a French chemist who has probably saved the lives of millions of people through pasteurization,  was not a stranger to adversity. Pasteur was born into a poor family and did not excel at school. Pasteur failed, when trying to get his BSc degree in mathematics.  The failure did not stop Pasteur a year later he graduated with a poor degree in chemistry. After all of this Louis Pasteur went on to become a professor and father of five children. Only two of his five children survived to adulthood. Three died of Typhoid, in spite of this terrible tragedy Louis Pasteur worked harder to find cures for diseases and he was successful. Thanks to his research the medical world gained an understanding for germs and immunizations.   When many other men and women would have quit Louis Pasteur dug in his heels and fought back! Thank god he did too!

In 1992 Walt Disney founded Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Missouri. Laugh-O-Gram A year laughter Walt’s company went Bankrupt.  Walt sold his only possession, a motion picture camera, moved to Hollywood and kept on pursuing his dream.  In 2012 the DIsney company had over 73 billion dollars in assets!  The word Disney is almost worldwide, synonymous with a fun family time. Athletes who reach the pinnacle of their career  and win championships are asked what they are doing now and answer with, “I am going to Disney World.” Disney World is the Disney companies resort theme park. I would say that Walt was and is a winner. “It is good to have a failure while you are young because it teaches you so much.

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For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody,
And once you’ve lived through the worst,
You’re never quite as vulnerable afterwards.”
-Walt Disney
Both Walt Disney and Louis Pasteur have known failure and success. Many, many more individuals have also known failure and success. The stories are endless but all have one common thread, a tenacious will desire that compels action and kinetic energy from someone.  I am not sure how well you are doing or what you are doing but I am pretty sure you have and will fail, the secret is that if you do not stop, you have not failed. As long as you are leaning forward and learning you are a success.
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We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney


Did you know that yesterday was, in the United States, Constitution day? Yeah me either.  So what did you do yesterday? Me? I went to work, came home at dinner went for a walk watched tv, did a little reading. Nothing spectacular. 227 years ago our founding fathers signed the constitution. Something which was incredible, empowering and I can’t help but think gave me the freedom to do what I did yesterday.

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I am not sure if you have but when you get the chance you should read the United States Constitution.  It is important. The constitution is a living document which empowers the majority with respect to the minority.  Even though it lacks judicial power the preamble to the constitution of the United States is powerful and embodies what I feel is the American spirit.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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You knew the quote was coming. I contemplated pasting the whole thing to the post but, I thought I could just give you the link.  This preamble outlines why the United States is the way it is. Here we can find some fundamental guiding principles which we would do well to adhere to and live out daily.

A more perfect union. What is life if it is not creating and enjoying relationships with other people?

Justice, if there is no justice lawlessness may become the order of the day. Social entropy could occur and a society without justice will be one were the strong prey on the weak. (social entropy, is that a thing or did I make it up? It is a thing I must have read it somewhere.)

Domestic Tranquility. Those are some eloquent words put together. Would you not say that we all seek domestic tranquility? Shouldn’t our homes and neighborhoods be a place for peace and love? We should come home unwind, relax and   enjoy the peace.

Common Defense. The United States gets, thousands of terrorists threats a day. Many groups of people who are part of organizations which reject personal liberty and freedom find the existence of  a country that embodies these principles a threat. I am not sure what I am more amazed at the job the United States does in dealing with and defending its’ people from these threats or the foresight our founding fathers demonstrated when writing up this amazing powerful document. Way to go everyone!

General Welfare.  “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
― Nelson Mandela Lately the justice system in the United States has been under fire, yet despite its’ swelling numbers it still seems to be one of the better systems in our world. Their is the appeal process,  the trial by a jury of ones peers and the welfare of prisoners. Along they way there have been some blights on the prison system, but using the constitution organizations like the ACLU have been able to draft and enforce prisoners rights and standards for the treatment of prisoners.

The preamble goes on to put in the clause speech  about securing the liberty and blessing of the utopia which is the United States. As a citizen you have a right handed down from your forefathers to pursue the blessing of Liberty. The citizens of the United States are the forefathers posterity. If you believe as I do a proper education is paramount to secure liberty, therefore I feel that a free and good education beyond high school should be first on the federal and state government to do list. I apologize for getting political but without an education it is evident that a society will fail.

The history of the world is full of societies with lofty visions like the United States which failed due to lack of education.  Until education is reformed I encourage you as an individual to learn as much as you can and as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent to teach as much as you can.  The constitution was drafted by individuals working together for a higher purpose, their own and their posteriors pursuit of Liberty.

So what is the best way to celebrate Constitution day? Not sure but for me the best way to celebrate a wonderful freedom is to exercise it by learning, loving, protecting and respecting everyone.

Happy (late) Constitution day