New You?

Everyone wants something bigger, better, shinier and, of course, new.  I do hold a concern, though.  Not everything old is rusty, cantankerous, or falling apart.  I believe in keeping up with new designs and developments in the various areas of our life.  I also think that not everything new is necessary.

The smartphone is a great education tool.  Everyone should have a cellphone for safety, and being connected to the internet is a great way to learn more about everything around you.  Some of the games and other diversions on the smartphone are not so good because they can be as addictive as some drugs.  Even worse are some of the scams that steal money from the poor and elderly each year. 

The smartphone is all right, we just need to learn how to use it.  You could say that about almost any new thing.  And, you could say that about nearly anything that has been invented or used before.  Don’t get me started on the apple.

When it comes to good or evil, we need to remember the fault does not rest within the inanimate and unconscious object, the positive or negative use lives within ourselves.  We are the ones in control, and we get to make our own determination as to how we use objects and how we treat others who also employ those objects in their lives.

We should treat others the way we would want to be treated and use what we have to leave our place in the world better than we found it.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Everyone Has A Viewpoint

This week we have been talking about curbing violence. It seems that the main reason for violence stems from fear, bullying, demoralization, and degradation of oneself either internally or by others. We have discussed that taking guns away will not help. Guns are tools, and unfortunately, any tool (gun, knife, rock, pitchfork, glass bottle or anything else,) can become a weapon.

So we’ve worked our way through to ‘how.’ For stopping the violence, first, we have to believe it can be done. If you try to do something that you think you can’t accomplish, the chances of that ever happening are greatly diminished. This is why we need mean old master sergeants. Mean old master sergeants don’t think something can be done, we know things can be done.

Imagine that you went up to our founding fathers and told them something you knew was going to be true? ‘Mr. Jefferson sir, your new nation will put a man on the moon within the next 200 years.’ True or not, that fact would probably not be fathomed in that day and age, and you might be locked in the stocks for your own protection until you came back to your senses. The truth is anything is possible as long as you believe you can.

So how do we do this? We could become farmers. We plant seeds of belief in other people that this can be done. Some people are hard and set in their ways. They will not listen. Some people have no depth for the roots to grow. They will agree with your idea today, forget about you tonight, and be on a totally new thought tomorrow. Some people will realize what can be done, and grow fast until others start putting them down. The wind from all that negative talk blows them over, and their belief whithers. And yet, it is hard to keep the truth from being heard. If you plant the seeds of sincere belief and nurture them, you can grow a forest.

How do we stop violence? First, we need to believe it can be done. Then plant the seeds of belief in others, knowing that some will fail and others will grow. We nurture the belief in others, and the positive fruits of our endeavors will come forth.

In a culture where we blame inanimate objects for the actions of people, we need to make a change. We can start this change with a new generation. We can get to the heart of the matter and tackle bullying, belittlement, hubris, and anti-socialism. Easy? No. Achievable? You bet. If we go to the moon, and if we can go to Mars, we can do this.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to see you again tomorrow.