Thursday, June 05, 2014

Another Soapbox Moment


Before posting personal opinions, I now like to add – We all have a point of view to express, and let’s share it with the understanding of agreeing to disagree. I might not consent to your politics or religious views, but that will never stop us from being friends, coworkers or neighbors. Never allow one single topic to define your human spirit, but be open to all possibilities.  Cheers! – paerki

Population Control

Wow!  What a hot button issue.  This is one article where the comments are extremely telling.  For or against, it’s inappropriate to be rude in order to make your point.  Using words like “idiot”, “stupid”, “dumb bitch”, etc. make you a bigger part of the problem.  It’s essential we educate the clueless, and as politely as possible.  Sharing enlightenment comes with its own set of challenges.  Toes are going to be stepped on, so do it gingerly.

There is so much I want to say on this matter, especially as it relates to population control, and although this is my blog and I should be able to write freely, I know there are some of you who will take my opinions too personally, so I’ll try to limit my wrath.  (BTW:  I know people who only have one or two children and can’t adequately meet their needs, so what about parents who have more?  That bothers me – tremendously!)

I have many favorite phrases and words.  I’ll share five as they relate to this article:  Seven Billion… Carbon Footprint… Adoption… Birth Control… Abortion.

All children are beautiful.  The word ‘family’ is one of my favorite words, too.  It’s important to take care of your family, and it goes well beyond food and clothing.  A quality education is a must (I hope it would take place in a classroom with a qualified teacher, and it should not be influenced by religion, and if religion must be introduced, let’s not discuss one, but all – equally and objectively) and so is healthcare.  Plan ahead, especially for that rainy day.

It’s hard for me not to think about the planet vs. mankind..  We must become better champions of the earth.  Earth is our only home.  We must love and take care of it today, for tomorrow is too late.

It’s time to give a damn, and there are some simple things you can do in your everyday life that will help make a difference.  Let’s begin with population control.  I believe your God would want people to be good stewards of our earth, and its resources by reining in the impulse to breed indiscriminately.  Yes?  (Reference: To The Lady Ashamed Of Being Pregnant With Her Fourth)

Want Vs. Need

So many stories – people young and old going without food, healthcare, etc.  However, I have my moments when it's hard for me to feel such sadness, taking pity on those in need because they didn’t think about the future.  I don’t have a lot of patience for a poor planner.  I am referencing what goes on in the United States.  (World population:  Seven billion and counting.  Seven billion!  Before you make a baby make sure you have adequate resources.)

I know too many families where the husband works, and the wife stays at home taking care of their children, which includes home schooling.  (The latter I shall never understand.  I have met very few parents with proper insight – emotional and mental ability to educate their children.  Many of these adults could benefit from remedial courses themselves.  Instead of running from a broken system, why not help to fix it?  Stop using your God as a scapegoat.)

Some of the fathers have lost their jobs and now they are looking, scrambling for any money they can get.  One person working in a household of six doesn’t make sense to me.  Why do people need so many children, especially in today’s world?

I also know people who would rather have a phone, computer, cable, large screen television, Internet, car, etc., instead of appreciating the basic necessities of life.  All one really needs is shelter, food, clothing, friends, and Mother Nature.  A basic education is mandatory too – reading, writing and arithmetic.  We should also be teaching – reduce, reuse and recycle.  Let’s teach key survival skills – balancing a checkbook/money, farming, etc.

Our priorities are compromised – severely!  The entitlement factor in this country is unreal.  It’s time we stop living beyond our means.  We are surrounded by images and videos of people living extra large lifestyles that are simply unobtainable for most.  Parents have a habit of setting their children up for failure later in life.  Dream big, but also be practical.

It’s not my intention to be a Debbie Downer, and I firmly believe there are extenuating circumstances.  We shouldn’t be heartless.  If you have it to donate – Do it!  Whatever it is – love, compassion, money, food, etc., give, and don’t ask questions.  Help your neighbor, friend, coworker, etc.

I do believe we should be helping each other.  Sadly, these days we only know how to point the finger.  That’s what our politicians do.  I’m sort of doing that in this post, but I believe in drawing a line.  In other words, reorganize.  You can’t just shutdown the current system that’s in place without having a back-up plan.

What becomes clearer by the day is no one wins when others are suffering – here and abroad.  Extremism, fear and ignorance will consume us all.  So many of us have poor communication skills, living off of sound bites and innuendo.  Wake up before it’s too late.

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.

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