Remove Emotion From Debates

This is a response to one-word prompt “Thwart” by “The Daily Post.”

In the wake of the Parkland Florida school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which killed 17 people, there has been a considerable nationwide how to better protect our schools and children in them. Some of it has been good and productive, but a lot of it has just been “noise” that is really only inflaming passions on all sides of the “political spectrum but having little actual productive results.

There has been new legislation passed by some state legislatures to answer some of the perceived weaknesses in school security. In Florida’ case, it is a mixed bag with a lot of good things being done but also a lot of “showboating” (as is the case whenever politicians get involved). While the legislation does carry some new rules for dealing with handling mental illness and its treatment it also bans the buying of guns till the age for 21 (it was previously and is in most of country 18).

The call for banning gun sells until 21 years of age ignore the fact that most teenage shooters unlike the one in the Parkland Florida shooting do not own their own guns but take them from home, i.e. parents or relatives who do. Thus, banning the sell of guns until age 21 won’t do anything in the risks to shooting in our schools.

Those who advocate for tougher/more gun control laws always use the term “sensible” in describing just what they want. A gun control measure can only be called “sensible” if it actually does or makes a considerable effort to the objective it would be put in place to accomplish. How can the measure just mention contribute to our preventing more school if the majority of teen/school shooters don’t buy the guns they use to shoot up schools?

Unfortunately, this detail largely escapes the ongoing debate of the issue above because of the raw emotions evolved and the very little actual, rational thinking among those partaking in the debate on both sides. Everyone wants to just “do something” to keep our schools and children safe. Yet, that there is the problem, our need to “do something, anything.” Just “doing something” will not help solve this or problem. Solutions need to be concrete and precisely targeted in order to have the best results.

The only way we as a nation and as a people are going to be able to come up with solutions to better protect against school shootings (any mass shootings) is to our emotions the actual decision process. They may be good for the initial call to action, beyond that they always only cause more harm than good.

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this issues? Please do share them; all are welcomed and wanted.

“The Founding Fathers’ Guide To The Constitution” by Brion McClanahan; A Review

‘s book “ Father’s the ” is very compelling and complex history of just how The Constitution to the United States had come to be and of the views for and against it. The way he percents his facts and figures and the back-stories behind each of the debates during the Constitutional Convention and the ratifying debates is just stellar in the thoroughness and ease of following.

Especially compelling is how he counts not just the well-known men that “we” all “know” from history as “Founding Father’s” (Washington, Madison, Hamilton, so forth), but literally everyone involved in the making and ratifying of the Constitution. He measures involvement  the debates on what type of government the United States should have; which were going on all across the thirteen states since during the Revolution on till the ratification its self.

He tells how the “founding ” included not just the names we recognize such as those mentioned above, but many others such as Luther Martin, Rodger Sherman, and George Mason, to name a few. He also does away with the “common” terms of “Federalist” and Anti-federalist” in explaining his reasoning; where he shows how the opponents of the Constitution were actually wanting to preserve the existing federal system of the Article of Confederation.

Brian’s work shines because of the detail he puts into his findings that the Constitution would not have passed ratification let alone pass the Convention floor if it was not understood to be putting in place a strong centralized government, but one with limits in place. He also does a wonderful, enlightening job of explaining away certain preconceived notions and myths about the “founding fathers” and the making of the Constitution.

It is a myth-but one often repeated-that the Framers “really wanted” the president to be chosen by the people at large; supposedly they rejected this method only because the people in one State would not know enough about the candidates from others States. But the records from the Philadelphia Convention clearly illustrate that the Founders intended the Electoral College to be a buffer against the potential abuses of democracy (p.129).

Overall, the book is a very well thought-out, telling of the history of the Founding of the (2nd Republic) of The United States under the current Constitution. He does an excellent job of keeping to a “fact-based” scholarly approach while at the same time showing the suspense and conflict experienced by our “founding fathers” to keep the reader entertained as well as informed and not be drowned in “dry” texted. A very good history of the subject with some surprising turns in its direction. The most important point from a historical perspective is that the author Brian does so well in not just telling the history of the Constitution’s making, but the telling of “all the sides” involved.

I hope you enjoy this book ; please do share your own thoughts and viewpoints. All are welcomed and wanted!

The Want For And Not Liking The Simple Answers

This is a response to one-word prompt “Simplify” by “The Daily Post.”

Why is that throughout all our lives, we always strive to make them better easier and to simplify our lives, yet when we are provided with “ ” to certain problems in our lives, we in a lot of cases have a dislike that “simple answer?” I think one of if the main reason for this strange contradicting desire is the confusing of simple with easy.

To have or make something simple is not always to have/make it easy, sometimes this is the case but not always.  What making things “simple” does is while not making the actual taking care of the problem/thing/event easier, it does make the understanding of what needs to be done and how a little easier.

This in its self can make all the difference both on our individual problems with the “simple answers” and in our lives in general, because we are more able to solve those problems and get them done, out of the way faster and for good.

What a lot of people don’t like a lot of times with the “simple answers” they get, is that we as humans tend to instant gratification and want the actual work of doing/solving our life problems to be easier.  So we sometimes think that the job requires complexed, thought out plans. The problem here is that in the more complexed the answer the more likely to overlook some “little” things, so that while we may be able to get the things/problems done, it still leaves us having to come back to it, or creating other new things/problems for us to deal with. This in no way makes our lives easier.

With “simple answers” for the planning out and deciding what needs to be done, we are when actually working on the issue/s more able to see all the “little” issues involved in the big issue, and thus take them into account in the answer.  “Simple” is while not always the answer, is and can be in a lot of cases if we are willing to do a little more actual work in taking care of them in order for the rest of our lives to be easier. Simplifying sacrifices short-term easy for long-term easy.

So what are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share them, all are welcomed and wanted.

To be “A Blink of the Eye”

This is response one-word prompt “Blink” by “The Daily Post.”

What exactly is meant by the phrase “a  in the ” or “a blink the eye?” Obviously is it is referring to the blinking of one’s eye/s. Usually, it refers to the speed of the blinking and how fast it happens. So when you describe something happening as “a blink of the eye” you are saying that it either has or will happen so fast that you will miss it if not paying attention. That is how the phrase is usually used but, I think it could just as easily mean and refer to the ease of blinking one’s eyes and thus suggesting something may very easy.

The Power of Routine

Do you have a ; if you say no think again. Even when your life, day in and out may not seem very routine but actually chaotic, chances are there are still some things that you do each and every day without fail that require very little thinking/decision making to do so. Things like brushing your teeth in mornings and evenings. How often one goes to the restroom and when day to day. It is all these little things in life that seem so insignificant that makes a routine; even though the rest it and one’s days seem anything but routine; does not mean there is no routine at all.

It is this very nature of routines that make them so powerful in our lives. For small routines can lead to lager one’s that absolutely govern how we live our lives be it for our good or ill. Routines are by themselves neither good or bad, they just are. I actually tend to think it depends on how aware or not aware we are to our routines; as well as how ridged the control they have on us is, that makes them good or bad.  It also depends on just how much if any stress is caused by the routines in our lives.

But the one thing that truly shows just how much routines have in our lives is the possibility that even when our lives seem to have little to no routine in them; that in its self may just be a routine. For example, do you get up from bed at the same time each and every day?

alarm clock having a good day in morning.

Closeup alarm clock having a good day with background happy woman stretching in bed after waking up, sunlight in morning.

Or do you have trouble waking up when you want/need to day after day? Both can be argued to be routines for both happen regularly and repeatedly. We don’t tend to think of the second as a routine but the truth seems to point that it is. The implication right there is a not so little fascinating to me. The possibility that the absence of a routine may actually be a routine in of its self just shows the power they play in our lives.

So what do you think, am I wrong or is there something to this power of routine in our lives?  Let me know your thoughts and viewpoints. Please do share, all are welcomed and wanted.  

 

 

 

 

 

To be “Mighty” and “Great;” What has made the United States a “Great” Nation?

This is response one-word prompt “Mighty” by “The Daily Post.”

According to Merriam Webster to is possessing might: powerful, to be accomplished or characterized by might, or to be or imposing size or extent. President Donald Trump both during his campaign for the presidency during said presidency so far championed a returning the of America to a “great” once again and to make it “mighty” in its powers. My question is and has been for quite some time is does the President mean by “great” and or “powerful?” A lot of nations in today’s world can be considered “great” and or “powerful” so too can we look to the history of past nations/countries and empires that were certainly considered “great” and or “powerful.”

The thing is, to be “mighty” and or “great” is, can be, and does mean several things. Also “mightiness” and “greatness” do not necessarily go together and are certainly not the same thing. As said above to be “mighty” is to process great strength, in the case of nations usually either military strength, economic strength, or both. But for nations to be considered “great” historically refers to the impact they have had on the rest of the world and on future generations long after the country, nation, or empire in question is either gone or had waned in power and greatness.

“Greatness” requires not just “power” and “might” but unequal influence over all other nations and peoples. It requires the nation to be quite different from others in its values, outlook, behavior and so on. Greatness can be either “good” or “bad.” To improve upon or bring back to “greatness” the United States as President Trump says is his goal, is all well and good, but not if he is focusing just on the economic and military strength of the nation. One has to look at the underlying foundations of the culture of a nation for greatness. If one believes that the United States has been a “great” nation (as I do and still believe in the potential for greatness) one must answer how has it been “great” and what it so. How has the United States traditionally acted and behaved in response to the rest of the word and its self?

One must remember that what makes up a nation is its people, thus it is its people that can or can’t make a nation “great.” If it is the people that have made the United States “great” then it is the culture, morals, and beliefs of the people that matter in making and deciding “greatness.” In making a nation “great” its people will also decide the underlying character of that “greatness;” that is if that “greatness” is either “good” or “bad.” Will the “great nation” have an overall positive or negative impact on the world? This is the fundamental question that must be asked by someone trying to “return” a nation back to greatness; what was the underlying “character of that greatness in relation to the rest of the word, good or evil?

I believe that the United States is and has been a “great’ nation for some time. That ‘”greatness” is not reflected in the military or economic “might” of the United States, (though both are and have been considerable) those are more a byproduct of said “greatness” no, the “greatness” of  the United States is reflected in the people’s traditionally strong sense of belief in both the individual and the community and a willingness (indeed eagerness) to reach out and help those in need, and not just those they know but in a lot of cases complete and total strangers.

The United States, I sincerely believe has become a “great” nation also because it is and was founded on a certain set of ideas and principles, (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). In that regard, unlike other nations and countries who have either collapsed and or have been conquered; as long as there is but a few to carry on those ideals and principals, the “United States” is and will be “immortal and everlasting. (But only if the morals and beliefs that made it “great” remain.) One could say that to be “great” is to transcend and transform the “normal” human experience and existence.

So, if President Trump or anyone wants to “return” the United States to “greatness” they need to look at the people and culture, not the military and economy, though those are important, just not the “be all by all” that some may think they all. “Greatness” is more than strength! The United States has been a great nation because traditionally the United States has been “good!”

What are your views on this subject? Please do share, all thoughts and viewpoints are welcomed and wanted.

 

The Glaring Obvious: The United States Is No Longer United!

“This a response to one-word prompt “Glaring” by “The Daily Post.”

“We the People of the of America” are not so united anymore, or at least we act like it. We can hardly if at all talk about politics, and our views with each other without coming to blows over disagreements on how things should be done; and this is with those of similar and/or same political persuasion as our selves, let alone the complete opposite. This disunity is apparent throughout our society from the average citizen and family/friends as well as our politicians and government officials. It prevents us from agreeing on anything and/or finding common ground to get things done and solve everyday life issues.

As President Lincoln once said a house divided, can not stand well we are now seeing just how true that is, for we as a country and as a society are so divided, that we are getting nothing done, while the list of problems we face keep piling up. The thing is, we all know this and feel it in our bones, yet we continue to argue. WHY????????

The political divid has gotten so bad, that no one is able to be the “voice of reason” and or calm. No one has any credibility and trust. So even though we all may know that our arguing and blaming each other is getting us nowhere, we can’t help but continue it. We all see the “iceburg” dead ahead, but all we seem to be able to do is “help steel the ship” into the “icebure.” Everything we try to do to avert disaster only brings us closer to it.

So what is it that can be done to unite the United States once again? What can we do to stop the arguing in politics and get government actually working again for “We The People?”  First of all, we can start by actually getting to know the “other side of the debate” and listen to them and their ideals. Don’t just dismiss them as “no-nothings, bigots, racists,” or any of the things we call those who we disagree with.

The second thing we can do is stop with the “self-rightious” attatude in regards to our own beliefs. The other side may be wrong on their postion, but that does not make them evil or mean they don’t care about the issue/s and people invloved.

We also need to get to know eachother better and stop hanging around in our own “bubbles” of like minded belivers. Make friends with those of the opposite Political viewpoint to yours! That dose nothing but isolate and creat “tribelism” which only fuels the division in this formally great united country. The “bubbles” also do more harm to one’s own belief system then helps it in the long one. For it stiffles intelitual curriosity and a wanting to learn and gain knowledge. Thus, those who are stuck in a “bubble” are less able to defend their postions and explain the reasons for them to others.

We must also be consestent with our beliefs and how we act them out and treat others. We can not hold one person or a group of people to one standered and others to a completly different one. That is one of the cheif reasons for a lost of trust and crediblity in this nation.

Yes, it is that the United States is no longer “United.” The Question is; what are we going to do about it? We need to stop talking about the problem and start acting on it, and changing how we as a society behave and act with each other and those who we disagree with. Love and understanding is what we need!

 

What are your thoughts on this subject? Please share them! All thoughts and Viewpoints are welcomed on this blog!

Why The British Might Be Right About Their Tea Time

This is a response to one-word prompt “Tea” by “The Daily Post.”

In popular concetion, and go together and the British take tea very seriously. As it turns out the British on to something when it comes to their tea and tea . Think it, what do you get when you sit down with a cup of tea either with a couple of friends or by yourself? You get peace and relaxzation. You get time to “wind down” from a hetic day, to recharge before getting back into it.

It does not have to be tea, but setting a time to just relax either by one’s self or with friends is very important and a helpful thing to do. Doing so helps us to more easily reflect and put into perspective all that happens and going on in our lives, as well as continue with what needs to be down without getting totally “wiped out.”

“Tea Time” alowes one to get through any day. And since the British have by custom and tradition in their culturle a set time to do tea each day, they automaticly have set aside a time to “decompress.” Not everyone, has that or thinks they have the time in their buisy scheduals to make time for something that at first may seem trivial and unproductive.

So when you have a busy day take some time to have some tea or some other form of relaxzation to recharge and keep you going. What are your thoughts on this subject? Please share them; they are very much wanted.

 

 

The Passport of Life

This is a response to one-word prompt “Passport” by “The Daily Post.

If you travel regularly around the word or just to the country “next door,” you are very familiar with your and do have one. Its pages will be filled with stamps all the foreign places you have been. In other words, a passport is a log/journal of all that you have seen and experienced, of the wider world in your so far. But if you think about it the passport of your country of origin used for travel, is not our only passport in life.

When one creates photo albums filled with photos of the things/events in your life that have affected you deeply, you are in a sense making a passport to log the significant parts of your life. When we keep a diary/journal, that is basically doing the same thing as a passport. All of our lives are/will be filled with lots of amazing, beautiful, and yes, even scary, ugly events and experiences; and throughout time, we humans have always wanted to remember them, record them for future generations to experience and learn from, and even have “keepsakes of.”

From journals, photos, antiques, letters, and keeping old tools even when no longer used; all of these are just some of the extensions of our 2nd “passport of life” that we keep. What is your passport like? How many filled “pages” does it have? What are some of the experiences recorded in it? If you don’t have one, why not?

Looking at the Problem; not the Symptom

This is a response to one-word prompt “Symptom” by “The Daily Post.”

We as humans a lot of times when trying to solve a tend to put too much attention on the symptoms of the problem and the problem its self. Why is that the case; why are we so distracted by just the , over the actual problem? Is that the right way to solve problems, or is the right way actually focusing on the problems themselves?

The issue is very similar to one being sick with the cold/flu or some other sickness; if you have a cold of the flu you tend to experience upset stomach, congestion, and a fever. We tend to focus on lessening those symptoms, but forget that those symptoms are not the sickness themselves but signs that one is sick; and that the body is work fighting off the sickness. Instead of focusing on the symptoms of the flu, we should be focusing on helping our immune system fight off the flu by giving our body what it needs such as vitamins and fluids (water).

The same is the case when dealing with all problems in all cases, focus not on the problem’s symptoms, but on what is needed to naturally” fix/heal the problem and get back to regular operating procedures. When one tries to solve a problem by focusing on the symptoms and not the cause, then one risks either making the problem worse or creating new/more problems to deal with because all that you are doing is further messing up, and changing the system/body that the problem resides in. By doing this you prevent the “immune” system from doing its job correctly and resetting the system to before the problem ever showed up.

The problem of focusing on the symptoms and not the problem its self is no better seen and a problem its self then when dealing with economic troubles, slowdowns, and so forth. Low employment and people losing their jobs while terrible and no one wants, is just like a fever with the flu; that it is just a symptom of the broader economic system that we live and work in trying to correct a mistake that was made that had upset the balance of the whole system. When governments try too much to stop these symptoms it not only distracts them from finding out what went wrong and correcting the issue but it only makes things worse. Things get worse for the economy because it now has more “junk” closing up the wheels of economic growth.  Instead of trying to solve the issues of the symptoms of economic slowdowns such as unemployment, governments should instead just wait it out and help those who lost their jobs all of a sudden to cop and survive until they can get a new job.

So no focusing on the symptom/s of a problem whether hen the problem its self is not a good thing despite the fact that is how most people and society handles their problems. If we can just learn to do the opposite, then we would have a lot less problems in our life times and when we do have them, would be able to recover more easier and faster from them. While it is often tempting to focus on the “pain” that the symptoms cause, and wanting to do anything and everything to get rid of that pain; we need to learn to “chug it out. What are your thoughts on the issue of problems and their symptoms?