Before you say it… This is NOT a Political Commentary.
Instead, it is about culture and
the responsibility of Leadership
Way back in 1995-6, we now know that a sitting President had a lewd and inappropriate relationship with a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.
We spent most of Bill Clinton’s Presidency debating one aspect or another of the story that led President Clinton to be only one of two Presidents successfully impeached.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
How well I remember the banter from Both sides. The Right would say that Clinton’s actions were morally irrepressible, and set the wrong example for the Nation’s youth. Meanwhile, the left was voraciously working to sweep it under the preverbal rug saying, “What Happens in Private, between Two People, should remain Private.” And, not standing up for their hallowed Women’s Rights. Hypocritical to say the least.
Inevitably Clinton’s actions were a stunning example of extremely Flawed Leadership.
First, with the Act itself. Secondly, and arguably more Importantly, the example it presented. Not only to the Nations youth, but also for all men in Power.
Is it really any wonder that thirty years later we are in the midst of a Sexual Harassment deluge?
After all, the “Most Powerful MAN in the World” set a glowing example… Do what you want, when you want, with whom you want. Then, Deny, Deny, Deny. Sound Familiar?
Leadership IS Vital!
Are You Factious?
Yes You Are!
All humans are FACTIOUS,
Being Factious isn’t necessarily a terrible thing. Without it our world would be a very boring place where we all would look, talk, think and act alike. Simply said, “Factious’ism” means that you believe in things, and that you are willing to stand up for them. Sometimes to the chagrin of others.
Humans are unique in their “Factiousness”. No other creature bands together in factions, except for possibly in the face of danger. That’s more about survival than beliefs. Sure, there are a lot of independent thinking creatures out there. A few Dogs, Donkeys, Horses and Monkeys come to mind. To the best of our knowledge, distinctively, humans are the only creature to enlist others to support their factious ideas. Without being factious, the Israelites might still be in the slave pits, my beloved Scots would have given into the King of England’s wishes, and the Early American settlers would have sworn allegiance to King George III. So, being Factious can be good.
Like most human traits, there is a dark side to being Factious. It was a factious people that followed a little corporal named Adolf to commit the worst atrocities ever recorded against fellow humans. It was a factious people that believed the color of their skin determined their worth in society, and whether they were owners or property. It was a Factious people that put Native Americans on the “The Trail of Tears”, viewing them as savage and inferior and eventually forcing them onto reservations.
“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But You—Who are You to Judge Your Neighbor?” James 4:11-12
Factiousness has led to the division of people in their beliefs in God, Government, Society, Science and Finances for centuries. Probably the best example of being Factious is how humans relate to their sports teams. Whether it’s Football, Baseball, Soccer or any other sport. Win or loose, humans that align with a specific team, take it very seriously indeed. This Fanaticism is well documented for bringing euphoria in victory and vitriol in defeat. Factiousness IS the thing that divides us all.
Throughout history, when people have put their factious nature behind them, they thrive, succeed and prosper. Think of the Allies during World War II that banded together seeking to stop German, Japanese and Italian aggression. Talk about rising above Factious beliefs. The inimitable alliance of the USA, Britain, the Soviet Union, France and others saved the world from Fascism, by setting aside their Factious beliefs for the common good of all of Humankind and the world.
Rise Above Factiousness
The World is a mess. It’s time for ALL to set aside their differences and Rise Above their Factiousness for a cause greater than our differences.
One Drop of LOVE, by Ray Charles -Enjoy!
A Shining Light
“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still” -Ronald Reagan
One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL.
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” -Ronald Reagan
“I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” -Ronald Reagan’s Epitaph
“Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” -Proverbs 14:34
“People Got To Be Free -The Rascals” -Enjoy!
Global Warming and the Individual
“Follow the Money”
As you may or may not know/believe, I do believe global warming is happening and I tend to think some of it is man-made. Albeit we might not always agree on causes and resolution I do respect others passion and caring for this big ball of Granite that we are all riding on. Here’s my simple thoughts, and please know that it is merely an opinion, and in no way, am I trying to change anyone’s beliefs. Just intending to provide an alternative view.
One of the problems for me is the way that the proponents of man-made Global Warming argue or present their case. As if the science is Truly settled, it’s not. I know proponents say there is a Consensus of scientists that concur on the problem. Please remember that the worlds scientists also once had a consensus that the world was flat, or that bleeding someone to within an inch of their life would cure infection. From their perspective and given their current knowledge, they had a Consensus.
Environmentalism seems more like a Religion to me than a cultural practice. It’s complete with Dogmatic belief and the bigotry of the believers that look down on anyone that doesn’t agree with them. For me, that kind of thinking about anything, always raises Red Flags.
The component that I mistrust the most in the current wave of Environmental evangelism is the money involved. Greed is a nasty thing, and impacts the world in so many ways that we never see.
Case in point; Corporations around the world are clamoring to provide “Green” products to sell to all the Global Warming enthusiasts/believers. I should know, I have a printing patent called “Green books”, https://www.google.com/patents/US20110032562 that I targeted at that market. Did it work? Yes. Did it help the environment? Yes. Ultimately, we devoted the research and development dollars to make a profit.
Three or four years ago I read that GE reported over $10 Billion in revenue related to Green solutions. I can only imagine what the numbers are today.
It’s not just Corporations that profit from the Green movement, but also the environmental groups that solicit $ Millions for their cause, the Scientific community that receives $ Billions in grants to prove that the phenomenon is real, and the Universities that procure donations for their Science departments… as well as the Government agencies that are allocated our tax dollars to continue regulating everyone to comply. Ironically, a lot of the money is donated by the oil and automotive industries to prove that they care about the environment. While some might not approve of the source, here’s an interesting article that delves into “Green” money. https://stream.org/big-money-in-global-warming-alarmism/
Like I learned from the Watergate fiasco decades ago… “Follow the Money!”
In evidence of how markets and people are manipulated by corporations one of my favorite stories is about the Toyota’s Prius.
While I’m sure that we would all agree that Battery driven, Electric cars are an excellent alternative to their gas driven counterparts, and hopefully they will someday be commonplace. I will always remember that when the Prius hit the market it was a HUGE fad for environmental enthusiasts. If you were driving a Prius, you cared about the environment. And, everyone could see you cared. I was amused watching all the Hollywood types trade in their gas guzzling Mercedes’ and BMW’s for a Prius. Problem was that the production of the Prius was more damaging to the environment than any other car produced at the time. I understand fully the need to prove the market and increase development dollars etc. Not sure where it’s at today but I can only hope that the development has far less impact.
Toyota never advertised that the Prius’ impact on the environment was far worse than that of a Humungous Hummer for the first two years of operation. Or that simply buying a 2-5-year-old Camry (they last forever) was a LOT friendlier to the environment than buying a new Prius. Sadly, the Hollywood types trade in their cars every two years or so only compounding the problem.
Now for Global Warming. Like I said, I tend to believe it’s happening and that it may be in part caused by man. So, no disagreement from me. However, I do question the professed impact that individuals can have. Short of increased dialog, and working to truly understand the problem and doing what they can to make it better, fads and trends are not a solution. Kudos to all that are truly engaged as individuals.
Sadly, the bulk of people that I talk to about the environment say “I Care. Look I just bought a Prius and I’m Dogmatic about Recycling”. As a lifelong Vegetarian (36 years), one of my first questions for them is usually; “Do you eat Animals?” There is no-debating that the human consumption of mass produced Animal proteins dramatically affects our environment in a lot more ways than just the Methane gas from Animal Farts. However, Methane is extremely problematic. As a lot of you may know, Methane is 21-29 times more dense than CO2. Problem is that even though it’s a small component of the atmosphere, Methane gas retains a lot more heat. The Methane effect on Global Warming intensifies the hotter it gets. Good news is that Methane dissipates in 2-5 years while CO2 can hang around for 50 years.
I tend to not give much credence to someone that hasn’t sacrificed for their beliefs. Lack of commitment makes me question their motives and sincerity. When I have explained the Environmental impact of eating Animals to someone, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I could never stop eating Animals”. “Besides, that doesn’t really impact Global Warming anyway”. Lifelong Vegetarians sometimes have a challenge relating to the sacrifice of not eating Animals. My wife and I stopped eating meat simply because we didn’t like how it tasted. No religious or PETA reasoning for us. However, I can tell you that as a former Carnivore from Iowa, to stop eating meat is not easy within a carnivore culture. Like a lot of Life’s challenges, I think it comes down to what the individual will do for their beliefs. Not eating Animals is a small sacrifice, especially when you consider the impact that Billions of Animal eaters converting to Vegetarianism or becoming Vegans would have on the environment. I would argue that it would be extremely more beneficial and would impact the environment more positively than buying a Prius or doing Recycling.
Recently I have been considering what drives our actions and beliefs and I was happy to learn that Psychologists today are talking about how our mind works regarding emotions and analytics. I was pleasantly surprised when someone trained in the field, explained that we are driven by emotions on one side, and analytics on the other. She went on to say that it’s where the two come together; that is our Common Sense, our Intuition and she even said our Soul. Wow!
Understanding that human tendency truly helped me comprehend a lot of what’s going on in the world today. So many people are driven by their emotions, while others are clearly driven by analytics. We all need to lean on both, and allow our Common Sense, Intuition and even our Souls guide us.
While today I am a devoted Christian and know that we’ll be okay. A lot of my views on the environment were formed a long time ago when I was a voracious student of the Native Americans spiritualism and studied their understanding of how to keep the environment in balance.
Simply said, most Native American cultures that I studied believed that the Earth and everything on it was a gift from the Creator of the world. I still concur deeply with that belief.
They lived off the land and were very thankful for everything provided to them by the Creator. That’s why they were driven to use everything they took from the Earth as a show of respect to the Creator. Take some time and research all of the things Native Americans created from the Buffalo. You will be impressed how respectful, creative and innovative they were. To my knowledge Native Americans never set aside or protected a particular animal, fish or bug to to ensure its existence. Instead, they gave thanks for their bounty and somehow always knew that the Creator would provide for all of their needs. Native American thinking also fuels my respect for those that go out and hunt for their dinner. While I could never do it, in the grand scheme of things, that’s how it’s supposed to be for people that eat animals. “Hunt for Your Dinner!” Unfortunately, today, Animals are just another sickly marketed product that we pick off the Grocery shelf with no thought of the consequences.
We need some of that Native American thinking today. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough faith in mankind to solve this Global problem. Primarily because of the Greed involved. But I do have faith in, and believe our Creator will guide us and help us solve it as individuals. It’s not our job to save the the world, only to respect our blessings and conserve our God Given resources. Therefore, my suggestion is simply don’t follow the trends and fads, but do what you can as an individual, and hopefully when we all do our part, we can make a change.
I know God will provide, and like my Oglala Sioux friends taught me so long ago, I will always be a Conservationist and never an Environmentalist. Hopefully the preceding will help you understand my view of the difference.