Request for help from the Great Mediator
August 7, 2021
Daniel J Arthur
We have some serious divides happening in the United States of America. It appears that a very significant number of the nation have lost the ability to be truly rational. This in turn impacts all other Americans and their ability to be accurate thinkers and decision makers as well. How can we start moving closer together if not healing this divide? I will make a request.
Dear Great Mediator,
I have been living in the United States of America my whole life. I was born here. I was raised and went to school here. I have worked and played here as well as visiting a good number of places around the Earth; not enough, but a good amount. I believe that I have grown throughout the years in my ability to be rational and fair in all things. I am sure I am not perfect, and I probably get things wrong from time to time.
In recent years it seems to me that we have been having a greater and greater divide between our two major parties in our long standing democratic political system. The middle ground has appeared to have dissolved, and it has been replaced by a great chasm. I know that in reality, being that we are all human in this political endeavor, we actually share so many values and beliefs. But, somehow many of us are being misled and misinformed into a trap of inhumanity.
I don’t think I have been the problem at all. The major reason is that I have virtually no power in this system of things. I do not have enough money, connections, followers or charisma to have manipulated change. However, I have been fortunate enough to be able to observe through the many, many lenses available to me how this problem has grown to be very, very dangerous for all of us.
What I see happening is that people who do have great power in many cases are abusing their power in such a way as to brainwash many Americans. They basically want their votes. They have found that by using their monetary power they can influence Americans with bad information to get these votes for the wrong reasons, basically so that they can become more rich and powerful. They have been developing an underground non-democratic group of fiefdoms with the purpose of subverting our democracy into becoming an autocracy, which they are mistakenly thinking that they can control. There will be only one winner of this outcome, but only in the short-term.
We have many, many serious issues that need the immediate attention of our nation. This division is exacerbating the problems as no real decent and reasonable solutions are being brought forth and implemented. Information pollution is clouding and spoiling our minds. We need them to be healthy as can be – everyone’s. How else are we going to properly address climate change, the pandemic, affordable housing, health care without wealth depletion, incentives to learn, equality, systemic racism and gender bias, freedoms, healthy environments and helping all of our neighbors? There are many more serious and less serious issues unlisted here.
I am appealing to you, Great Mediator, to help us find a way to come back together. While I don’t think it is too difficult, I don’t see it happening without your help. We need your wisdom and we need it now. Please help us to be much more honest and caring in everything that we do. Help us to realize that we really have the same desire to live a good life and to be able to pay this forward to future generations. We are one and we are all unique. Please help us to live together in a mutually beneficial way. I am available to assist in any way you find helpful.
Thank you for your kind consideration and help.
Daniel J Arthur
Why does China and Russia and the current GOP want to take away your freedom?
April 29, 2021
To be human is to be free to express yourself, albeit we have always used some sort of discretion. We have evolved beyond that to tolerate differences in opinion. Many countries have even allowed its citizens to select leaders in elections. Yet, China, Russia and the current GOP do not want that. Their fascist or autocratic leaders, dictators, want to just tell you how to live – control you. Why? Maybe they can answer the question.
Here is a related link to an article in The Atlantic to show what destruction of freedom is like in current events:
More twister nonsense
April 26, 2021
Can I state something that is somewhat vague and be zapped by a social media giant? Yes. It happens too often, and you can understand why people want to go independent. It just takes a tiny bit and a little dude will be immobilized – it doesn’t matter that they are trying to help others to make better choices to make the world a better place for everyone. So, go independent. Don’t let the abuses of the social media giants get to you.
I do not try to harm anyone in any way. I do not want them harming anyone, including me, in any way. It can be difficult to get the point across in a few lines without an occasional need for revision. At least one site doesn’t even allow for edits, which is quite ridiculous. Twister should be less heavy handed on the little dude, and work on the algorithm to deny repetition of misinformation from whatever source.
So much nonsense
August 18, 2019
We definitely live in a different time. There is a lot on nonsense and self-destructive activity going on – especially by the leaders of the more powerful countries. The US has the worst leadership in the Senate and beyond. We need to move forward with quality healthcare for all, improving the environment, quality housing for all, low to no cost education for all and more. I’m not talking about free rides like the extreme wealthy have recently leveraged with their mega campaign donations – quid pro quo. They are buying this nonsense that hurts everyone that is not in the top 15% of income and wealth.
We have people killing themselves and even their loved ones because they cannot afford health care without going into poverty. These are good people that don’t want their love ones to suffer because they are sick. The greedy modern nonsectarian pharisees that are trying to put the teachings of Jesus Christ to death are behind this. No compassion is ridiculous. Of course we need to be compassionate. We do what can for ourselves and help others, too. We expect our nation to be part of making life better for everyone as it is reasonably able.
We can be powerful. We can do our best to not support poor behaving politicians, companies, and news personalities. Buy healthy food. Exercise. Treat people well. Work on that. Vote on that. Give people good choices and reasonable leadership.
August 8, 2019
I am still thinking about the qualities I look for in a friend – and, me. I know that compassion and a genuine desire for others to be able to enjoy life are important. The ability to care easily. Having a way of expressing love and beauty as they are experiencing it. Not accepting injustice. Enjoying life’s moments of zen or oneness. Having or developing toughness, strength. Sharing goodness. Smiling at times. Trying hard. Persistence. Tenderness. Working hard. Resting well. Imperfection.
I better think about this some more.
What are some qualities I look for in a friend and me?
July 30, 2019
I really don’t want to judge someone, but I do like certain behaviors more than others in my friend and me. It’s not about a list, but more about the output from a group of qualities. It is not so much about eliminating someone for this potential flaw or another; rather, it is more about how we sync in our lives. How we work together. How we jell.
I better think about this some more.
How do you recognize a close friend?
July 29, 2019
This is an age old problem – people meet someone and fall in love as it must be destiny! Oh, yes, then a time period later – maybe a few months or a few years later, they really wonder what they have gotten into. This relationship isn’t all magic and fizz. That’s when they say the honeymoon is over. This happens over and over, and more so now with online connections and more.
How do you avoid that problem? How do you keep falling in love – without the messy separations and break-ups? Well, you need to realize that of course you can be attracted to someone. You are created for that. It’s pretty easy. Your body oozes with biochemicals to make that happen. It’s from the old part of the brain that keeps us making babies almost involuntarily. You might want to put a check on that. Don’t listen to the false profits that tell you it’s what God wants. It’s not.
I think you need to be more selective. You need to use your God given ability to do some serious critical thinking. It frees you from the reactionary traps of hard wired instinctive behavior. See your friend for what they are, especially how they behave. Do you like that? Is it good for you? Do you want it to last? Do they want it to last? Then, work on that. Treat your partner like you would like to be treated, trying to really figure out how they would like to be treated.
If you do that, then you will want to be together. You will fall in love over and over as you sail through life – storms, quiet and everything in between. I guess you have to work at it, but you can say it is a labor of love. Treat them well.
Where is my friend?
July 28, 2019
I am living my life. I know some people would like to share in it. They could be a friend or maybe more. But, I don’t know where they are. I seem to be missing this in my life – my really good friend or partner. Where is my friend?
I like to do many things, including being with my special friend or partner quite often. I can have other friends that I see here and there from time to time. That’s okay, but my mate I like to be with quite a bit. However, that doesn’t seem to be. I seem to attract people that want to be mates, but they are really just good friends, which is fine. That’s cool, but I really need more.
And, my close friends need to be supportive. They can be honest with me, of course, but they need to really care and not abandon me in mind or matter. Being apart doesn’t mean there is no concern or very little concern; in fact, being apart brings on another type of stress or pressure.
Oh, well. I don’t want to be too dramatic. But, I need to find my friend – my really good friend. They will like me and even love me. I think I desire that, and I hope everyone really finds it. And, be good to my friend. Help them see what is good about us.
An example of having your pocket picked by the GOP
January 23, 2019
Who represents the big drug companies? The GOP – Republican big wigs, senators and congresspeople. How do they represent drug companies? They take in millions of dollars of campaign contributions from them, which they use to convince you to vote for them or you will be doomed.
So, what do the drug companies do with this purchased power? They get protection via laws, policies, and public relations for raising their price from a fairly reasonable amount for a drug, let’s say insulin, to a very, very excessive amount. For illustrative purposes, let’s say they take a drug like insulin that was $50 per year and make it $300 per year. They really do this. Not because of costs. Not because of free enterprise. No. They use the government to help them to eliminate competition (get rid of small drug companies and innovation by people like you) and protect them from any attempt by liberals to buy from cheaper sources.
Our insulin dependent fellow Americans end up sending more and more of their hard earned dollars to these huge drug companies – not because of costs, but because of the GOP welfare for the rich program. They are transferring your money to the wealthy. Is that not a communistic use of power? And, people suffer and die because of this greed.
What is good . . .
January 21, 2019
I question what leaders do. I know it’s not popular with many leaders – leaders that don’t really lead, but force their will on things. I believe that leaders need to do good – at least lead us to good and help us make good choices. When money is leading leaders, they aren’t doing good. We need money or goods and services, but we need a good foundation of love and strength from which to live, work, and play.
I don’t know about you, but I think that good foundation for life includes a healthy environment and planet, healthy people, fairness among all people, good business environment (not super profiteering market failures bolstered up by bad politics), a good and strong government, and compassion.