Journal

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.

Still thinking

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.