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This & That

The name for this blog was inspired by “One-eyed Jack” Williams who had a radio program in Phoenix, Arizona about 35 years ago.... His “Quarter Hour of This and That”. Everyday he started out the program with the statement. “It is a beautiful day in Arizona and I suggest, leave us all enjoy it.” It did not mater if it was raining or sunny, in the middle of a sand storm or cold and miserable. It was always a beautiful day. It is still my favorite way to start the day.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A few days ago Publius Pundit posted an artical titled, People Who Should be Pre-Empted Quickly by Dr. Clifton Chadwick. In this article he submitted a list of terriosts and suggesting that these people should be dispatched ASAP. There were only a handful of comments ranging from from "kill em off" to "you can't kill an idea". I posted a comment that got little attention but I was dead serious and I would like to expand on that idea here. Hopefully a few will read it and comment. Please read the article here, and then return for the rest of the story.

My comment was as follows..."Although I don´t disagree with the premiss of your idea that your list needs to be eliminated for the security and tranquility of the majority, your suggestions, to some would be a call to arms and take us all on a dangerous road to total chaos. Depending on which side you were on, it would give licence and perhaps justification to eliminate anyone that spoke out against your personal beliefs.

Therefore, these people who, in our opinion are the instigators of terrorist movements for whatever motives, in whatever part of the world need to be tried in an international court that represents the free world, and if found guilty of crimes against humanity, for whatever cause, ordered to be brought to justice.

It just depends whose ox is getting gored as to who is on whose list....For that reason, new laws of accepted behavior need to be made.

Are the nations of the world ready to give up part of their sovereignty and agree to such a tribunal?"

Thursday, July 13, 2006

POLARIZATIION

The following is from Dr. Bob Horn's web site...Truthpizza. The link is above. I believe that being polorized is one of the major factors of the discontent in the world today. It seems that we are constantely being forced to pick a side evem of ot we don't feel it fits. The only choice that we need to make is between Good and Evil and to make the this choice resonsibly, we need to know the truth.

Polorazation
An emotional attachment to one side of an issue.

A common, but very serious situation occurs when we become emotionally attached to one side of an issue. Often the problem starts because someone we respect persuades us that a particular "cause" is vitally important but threatened by sinister and corrupt opponents. We start to think of our side as good and the other side as evil. We trust the evidence for our side without questioning whether it might be faulty, and we hastily reject arguments against our position as deception by our evil opponents. It is difficult for us to evaluate new evidence fairly since we are so afraid of siding with the enemy and we hate to disagree with our allies. We might even become so emotionally involved that we feel violence or other unethical practices are justified. Many bitter political, religious, ethnic, and even family conflicts involve polarization.

Monday, May 16, 2005

An Apology is Not Enough.

Regarding the latest outbreak of violence against the USA because of the Newsweek article about the flushing of the Koran. In my opinion this is another case of irresponsible journalism. Whoever allowed that part of the story to be printed had to have known that it could be used, with the right spin, to incite protest. Even if the story was 100% true, knowing the sensitivity of the subject and the potential damage that could be done to the image of the USA, I believe publishing it was criminal or even could be considered sabatage. An apology by the editor is not enough.

I believe in freedom of the press, but along with that freedom comes responsibility. I am getting tired of the media’s love affair with dirty laundry.

Monday, January 31, 2005

The Day After...

After a beautiful Sunday, where in Iraq, the people celebrated the first milestone on their road to democracy. The world watched and prayed that the process would be successful, and although their were obstacles, even some of the detractors swallowed their words and admitted it was so.. Others however, did their best to impart a negative spin....notably the two K´s from Mass. It is sad indeed when you allow, what appears to be a personal hatred of one man, to effect your ability to give credit to the Iraqi people, who at great risk exercised their right to control their own destiny.

The following was posted on The Middle Ground on Monday morning. It is just the first two paragraphs...you will find the rest of the story fascinating and inspiring.

Your Monday Assignment
Being Right on Iraq and Hollywood Endings

Officially, it's Monday morning and I hope I'm not too late getting this idea out to people. The world of the right or should I say "the sane, freedom loving people of America", have come up with an idea to show our solidarity with the Iraqi people. Of course, I already suggested it on Sunday, but some folks have decided we should make it a national idea. I'm for it.

On Monday, find a blue ink pad or blue marker or blue pen (or purple: Indian ink turns purple and then black eventually, take your pick) and color your right index finger (not the whole thing, just up to the first knuckle). This has two parts actually: solidarity with the Iraqi people and giving terrorist the finger. Of course, if you feel the need to paint a different finger blue, I'll understand.


Thursday, January 27, 2005

Mad as Hell....We don´t have to take it.

The following are the first few paragraphs of a long article by LTC Tim Ryan. Ryan is Commander, Task Force 2-12 Cavalry, First Cavalry Division in Iraq. He led troops into battle in Fallujah late last year and is now involved in security operations for the upcoming elections. He wrote this essay during "down time" after the Fallujah operation. It reminds me of an old movie, I believe the name of it was Network, where the news broadcaster, at the end of his broadcaster yelled....”I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more.” And all of his listeners opened their windows and starting chanting the same thing. I don’t remember what he was mad at, but it couldn’t be any worse than what is happening now by those who are intent in bringing down the USA by their constant manipulating the news for their own agenda and perhaps profits. The following are the words of Ryan which should give some food for thought.

“All right, I've had enough. I am tired of reading distorted and grossly exaggerated stories from major news organizations about the "failures" in the war in Iraq. "The most trusted name in news" and a long list of others continue to misrepresent the scale of events in Iraq. Print and video journalists are covering only a fraction of the events in Iraq and, more often than not, the events they cover are only negative.
The inaccurate picture they paint has distorted the world view of the daily realities in Iraq. The result is a further erosion of international support for the United States' efforts there, and a strengthening of the insurgents' resolve and recruiting efforts while weakening our own. Through their incomplete, uninformed and unbalanced reporting, many members of the media covering the war in Iraq are aiding and abetting the enemy.
The fact is the Coalition is making steady progress in Iraq, but not without ups and downs. So why is it that no matter what events unfold, good or bad, the media highlights mostly the negative aspects of the event? The journalistic adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," still applies in Iraq, but why only when it's American blood?
As a recent example, the operation in Fallujah delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the insurgency. Though much smaller in scope, clearing Fallujah of insurgents arguably could equate to the Allies' breakout from the hedgerows in France during World War II. In both cases, our troops overcame a well-prepared and solidly entrenched enemy and began what could be the latter's last stand. In Fallujah, the enemy death toll has exceeded 1,500 and still is climbing. Put one in the win column for the good guys, right? Wrong. As soon as there was nothing negative to report about Fallujah, the media shifted its focus to other parts of the country.
More recently, a major news agency's web site lead read: "Suicide Bomber Kills Six in Baghdad" and "Seven Marines Die in Iraq Clashes." True, yes. Comprehensive, no. Did the author of this article bother to mention that Coalition troops killed 50 or so terrorists while incurring those seven losses? Of course not. Nor was there any mention about the substantial progress these offensive operations continue to achieve in defeating the insurgents. Unfortunately, this sort of incomplete reporting has become the norm for the media, whose poor job of presenting a complete picture of what is going on in Iraq borders on being criminal.
Much of the problem is about perspective, putting things in scale and balance. What if domestic news outlets continually fed American readers headlines like: "Bloody Week on U.S. Highways: Some 700 Killed," or "More Than 900 Americans Die Weekly from Obesity-Related Diseases"? Both of these headlines might be true statistically, but do they really represent accurate pictures of the situations? What if you combined all of the negatives to be found in the state of Texas and used them as an indicator of the quality of life for all Texans? Imagine the headlines: "Anti-law Enforcement Elements Spread Robbery, Rape and Murder through Texas Cities." For all intents and purposes, this statement is true for any day of any year in any state. True — yes, accurate — yes, but in context with the greater good taking place — no! After a year or two of headlines like these, more than a few folks back in Texas and the rest of the U.S. probably would be ready to jump off of a building and end it all. So, imagine being an American in Iraq right now.

From where I sit in Iraq, things are not all bad right now. In fact, they are going quite well. We are not under attack by the enemy; on the contrary, we are taking the fight to him daily and have him on the ropes. In the distance, I can hear the repeated impacts of heavy artillery and five-hundred-pound bombs hitting their targets. The occasional tank main gun report and the staccato rhythm of a Marine Corps LAV or Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle's 25-millimeter cannon provide the bass line for a symphony of destruction. As elements from all four services complete the absolute annihilation of the insurgent forces remaining in Fallujah, the area around the former insurgent stronghold is more peaceful than it has been for more than a year.”

There is more to this essay, I will post more of it later...but for now let’s open the windows and let the world know that we are not going to take this type of manipulation any more.

I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!!!!!!

If you want to read the rest of the story now, you can find the address in the blog below.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

More Good News From Iraq

At least for a short time on the 18th of January 2005, the Drudge Report had the following headline on his site. U.S. Army Commander: Media's coverage has distorted world's view of Iraqi reality... This is the first “Good News From Iraq” headline I can remember seeing on the Drudge site...there must have been more but I must have missed them.

For weeks now we have been ranting that the MSN is accenting only the negative and ignoring completely the positive events. With the power of the internet we can pass a good joke around the world in minutes.... if we would only start using this power for good we could ignore the MSM and pass the good news around the world in the same way we send jokes to our friends and make such a mark on public opinion that the MSM would be clamoring to get on the bandwagon. You may laugh but we have the power...we just need to start using it instead of bitching about the problem.

Above, I referenced a story that we should not let die. After reading it I could hardly disagree with a word. Let’s join together and do what we can to get this message out.

At present more than 7,000,000 have looked at this article....Let’s make it 100 million....or more.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

There is Good NewsFrom Iraq.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the biggest problems facing the coalition forces in Iraq is the adverse publicity that is propagated around the world that causes support for the completion of the job started in 2003 to dwindle. The man on the street is constantly bombarded with negative headlines and sound-bites telling him that the cause is doomed and we should abandon the fight as we did in Vietnam and Korea. Without a doubt there is a lot of bad news to report and this sells papers and keeps viewers. Conversely there is a lot of positive news where things are getting better that is seldom passed on via the major media channels. This, in my opinion is a crime against the brave people of Iraq who are trying to free themselves of tyranny and against the coalition forces who are facing the unseen enemy everyday at great risk. It reminds me of a Pogo cartoon of many years ago....”I have met the enemy....and they are us.”..

During WW2, as a kid I remember going to the movies and watching the newsreels of what was happening across the seas. They were uplifting and the people viewing cheered. There were defeats, but what I remember most were the victories. And don’t forget “Tokyo Rose,” the Japanese American who broadcast on the radio from Japan, was convicted of treason for her part in trying to bring down the moral of the fighting men in the Pacific and served six years in prison. Well, times have changed, and principles with them.

There is something that we can do however, thanks to this wonderful new media. There are many of us who read the stories posted here, are outraged and then go on about our daily lives. What would happen if we started our own e-mail campaigns to bring the positive news to light. I know here in Ecuador they would publish the good news if they had access to it.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

The Truth is Hard to Find.

Opinions, Opinions, Opinions...everyone has an opinion. But my question is, on what facts did we form our opinions? Few of us, take the time to gather enough facts on a given subject to have an opinion that means a great deal. Most of the time, we get our information from biased sourses who have thrown in a few fragments of facts that cause us to jump to their conclusions, and then we pass it on as truth. I feel that this is one of our most serious problems facing any thinking person today...how can we find the truth.
Finding the truth is not easy. Recently I stumbled on a site called Responsible Thinking. With out taking sides, Dr. Horn has offered some good ideas, if we are really serious about doing something right instead of just passing on non-truths which only fuel the controversy and divides the world when most of us are only looking for ways to make things better.

If you are interested in reading what Dr. Horn has to sayclick here. I would really like to participate in a serious discussion on the subject.

Roberto.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Time for a change.

One of the things that bothers me about this election, and too many others in the recent past, is that no mater who wins about 50% of the population will be unhappy. Why do we always have to vote for the lesser of two evils. Why can it not be, in each persons opinion....the best of the best.

When a president takes office he must submit his selection of cabinet members to the Senate to be confirmed. And when he submits names for federal judges he must also submit his choices to the same body to be confirmed. This process can take weeks, months or even years in the cases of some judges. These appointees are being judged by men and women who themselves have never had to go through this process. And I am sure that some of these men or women who are doing the judging would not be where they are if they did.

I propose a new system where we would set up a non-partisan body, perhaps retired judges, that would confirm that each candidate for public office was sound of mind and body, that there were no flaws in the man or woman’s character that would prevent them doing a honorable job, and that all of their skeletons, hidden so well in the closet, were our for the world to see.

Can you imagine what a pleasure it would be to be able to listen to both sides of their arguments as to who was best qualified to do the job without having to watch them drag each other through the mud and worse. All, we as voters would have to do was to determine, in our own hearts who we believed was the best of the two good men.

Today, in the age of technology we can search millions of archives and find out almost everything about a man in a few hours. There is no good reason why the voters are fed bits and pieces of a mans past, some important and most not, just weeks or months before an election. I say let it all hang out in the beginning...if a candidate has transcended his past and can live with it...just maybe the voters could live with it too. If they only knew the truth.

Roberto

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Why is Health Care So Expensive...maybe we are to blame.

I have felt for a long time that if we treat someone like an invalid we will soon have one. No matter the age. And the doctors are treating us as if we were all sick and in the process, making many dependent on all sorts of medicines that probably were not needed and as a result, driving many to the poor house.

For one, I have always had an aversion to doctors....and to lawyers. I just want as little to do with both professions as I can. I have probably been to see a doctor less than 20 times in my life. And I believe, that fact. has kept me from being one of the many who are addicted to all sorts of medicines and drugs. I know there are times when we need a doctor. If you break something you need to get it set....but most of the people who live in the developed countries, go to the doctor at the least discomfort, looking for that fix that can make us feel good again.

I read somewhere “A physician must have compassion and ethics. If not he is nothing but a simple charlatan.” I believe there are many charlatans out there and it is time for us to stop running to the doctor each time we have a pain. At the same time the doctors need to treat with compassion and ethics and stop looking at their patients as money trees where they can practice, at times useless surgery to keep us alive a few months longer no mater what pain and suffering is caused to the patient and the family.

Because the doctors are not God, they sometimes make mistakes. This opens the door for the lawyer to do their part in driving up prices. So maybe we have ourselves to blame. If we stopped demanding so much we could save a great deal of pain and suffering and die when our bodies shut down and while we still had a little self esteem. and dignity.

Roberto.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Something to think about again....

“I heartily accept the motto...”That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this which also I believe, “ That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

”The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to,...for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well,...is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed. It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it. The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. Even the Chinese philosopher was wise enough to regard the individual as the basis of the empire. Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellowmen. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen. “ Quoted without permission from Henry David Thoreau´s essay titled, Civil Disobedience written in 1849.

Seek not outside yourself....(an old proverb circa 175.)

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay “Self-Reliance” (1841), “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men....that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense.” And continues later on that “a man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else tomorrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.”

Everyday our conscious mind is bombarded by thousands of thoughts generated by our physical senses, as well as those generated by our inner soul. I believe that many of these are messages form our higher power or as I prefer to call it, God. I also believe that we were created with all of the worlds knowledge within us or at least a link to it, if we but open the connection. With practice and meditation we can learn to filter out those random thoughts and feelings that have no significance and dwell on those from God. The difficult part is knowing the difference between the two.
Roberto.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

We Live in Exciting Times

As we plunge headlong into the age of technology we find things literally changing at the speed of light. What was the latest technology yesterday is obsolete tomorrow. We can either get on this bandwagon or sit back and watch the world go by, getting further and further behind each day. In no-time, we will find our only solace is watching inane programs on television while watching the clock so we don’t miss taking our pills on time. It won’t be long before we won’t even have anything meaningful to say to our grandchildren. For me, the later is not acceptable, I choose to live and so can you.
I for one, am optimistic about the future. Because of the new technologies we have all of the world’s knowledge at our finger tips. Communications is instantaneous. If you really want to get involved in what is going on in this changing world, there is no excuse for not doing so. The Internet is available to everyone. Computers are available and affordable for almost any budget. To get started, go to your local library or to an Internet Café. You will find many people, more than willing to help you get started.
Once you are connected to the world, you will no doubt be overwhelmed with the possibilities that present themselves. You will suddenly find that you have a voice....and sometimes people listen and respond. And, probably the best part, is that you learn all over again that you have worth.

There are literally thousands of worth while causes to pursue and in some small way make a difference in this world before you leave.

Roberto.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Bill of Non-Rights.

"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters.

We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a “Bill of NON-Rights.”

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!!!!

The above was sent to me by my Mike.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Opinions and Judgements

Everyone has a right to their own opinions, but we all need to remember that that is just what they are opinions. Some opinions are based on research and thoughtful study. Others seem to be knee-jerk reactions to bits and pieces of news that are caught on the fly. Still others are based on deep seeded prejudices.

I have had opinions that I was sure were correct, based on the best information that I was privy to at the time. Later, when I finally learned the rest of the story I had to back-peddle and rethink the situation. How many times do we jump to conclusions and embarrass ourselves and other by speaking too quickly. I remember a time when I took an inter-city bus in Mexico at rush-hour. The bus was already full so I paid my fare to the driver and boarded through the back door. Each stop brought more construction workers and we were quite literally packed in like the proverbial sardines. I glanced over to the next-to-the-last seat and saw this blonde woman sitting on the aisle seat with the window seat vacant. I began to wonder why she did not move over and let someone else sit down. I formed an opinion that this woman was probably protecting herself from having to sit next to a Mexican construction worker. At each stop, I was getting more upset. I finally reached through the bodies and tapped her on the shoulder and asked her why she didn’t move over to allow someone else to sit down. She looked at me and said she couldn’t because there were grocery bags on the seat. I answered back rather shortly...”put them on your lap”. She looked at me and said...”they aren’t mine”, It was then that I noticed the young Mexican girl sitting in the seat behind polishing her nails with another bag at her side and I realized that the bags on the seat in front were hers. The exchange was in English, so not many understood my remarks, but I felt very bad for the lady that I had embarrassed.

Roberto

Friday, September 10, 2004

We need to keep things in perspective.

Every day we are reminded of the number of American solders who have given their lives for the cause that we as a nation thought just. I morn their loss even if I have not known any of them personally. Their family grieve in a much more personal way. I also honor their valor and their sacrifice. They were not conscripted, but volunteered to be part of the military in peace and war. They were trained to do just what they are doing. I pray that they died knowing that they were dying for a just cause.

Today I heard on the news that the number of deaths reached 1,000. I am sure that in the next few days there will be many using that statistic to drum up more support for pulling out and leaving the problems in Iraq to the Iraqis. This would be fulfilling the prophecy that the men had died for nothing. We need to put this number in perspective. In our history, has any other war of this duration had so few causalities?

If you want to talk about dying for nothing...let’s put on the front pages the number of deaths caused by drunk drivers, all traffic related deaths, drug overdoses, murders. Let’s include the number of policemen who died in the line of duty.

There are many causes of death that should cause outrage. The number of deaths in Iraq is not one of them. It should strengthen our resolve.

Roberto

Return to Nature...at least for a day or two.

This is a page from a book by Helen Hunt Jackson, the book titled Romana and was published in 1884.
“After two days in the canyon, the place had become so like a friendly home that she dreaded leaving its shelter. Nothing is stronger proof of the original intent of Nature, to do more for man than the civilization in its arrogance will long permit her to do, than the quick and sure way in which she reclaims his affection, when by weariness, idle chance, or disaster, he is returned for an interval to her arms. How soon he rejects the miserable pretenses of superiority, make-shifts of adornments, and chains of custom. “Whom the gods love, die young,” has been too long carelessly said. It is not true, in the sense in which men use the words. Whom the gods love, dwell with nature. If they are ever lured away, return to her before they are old. Then, however long they live before they die, they die young. Whom the gods love, live young forever.”

When I read this a few days ago, my mind wandered, remembering many special times when I had spent time with nature, sleeping under a canopy of stars and miles away from civilization. No phones, no radios, the best tasting bad food and delicious coffee, with grounds in every sip. Returning home was also a treat to be savored. The hot shower, the flush toilet, the soft bed.

Living or dwelling with nature as the author suggests, does not mean that we need to give up all of our comforts and live without shelter, but every once in a while it behooves us to take the old sleeping bag out of the closet and treat ourselves to a night or two under the stars...just to keep things in perspective.

Roberto

Imagine this...

“Imagine a world where people give of themselves simply because they want to. Not out of a sense of debt. Or because they want something in return. No ulterior motives. No guilt feelings. Just a desire to give for the sake of giving. Now instead of imagining this kind of world, do your part in making it happen. Make a charitable donation. Volunteer your time to improve your community. Give back to the world that gives so much to you. And if it happens to make you feel good, that's all right. Feeling good is the one ulterior motive that's acceptable.” -Bill Danials.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The Wanderer

I have always wanted to sail the South Seas, but I cant afford it.

What these people can’t afford is not to go.
They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline
of security, and in the worship of security we
fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine and
before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a person need, really need? A few
pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six
feet to lie down and some form of working activity
that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s
all, in the material sense. And we know it. But we
are brainwashed by our economic system until we
end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments,
mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings
that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of
the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth
grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the
shelves of patience. Before we know it the tomb
is sealed. Where then lies the answer? In choice.
Which shall it be; bankruptcy of purse or
bankruptcy of life?


Note: This poem is from an excellent book called: An Unexpected Light,Travels in Afghanistan by Jason Elliot. The title was: Wanderer, by an unknown author.


Saturday, August 14, 2004

Old vs. Young

When we are born we start the journey to death. Helen Kubler Ross wrote in one of her books “Dying is the final stage of growth". This journey we are on may be long or short, happy or sad, and we celebrate the milestones that we achieve. Some automatic like birthdays and others that we, or others set for us. I believe that once we become an adult we put aside all of the childish behavior and take on the responsibility for our own happiness all the way to the grave.

Throughout this adventure of living we develop our own philosophy of life which changes often depending on our associations with others and who we pick to be our role models. We look to those older and our peers for guidance, by words and actions. We are not easily fooled by words if they are not followed by appropriate actions. We take what looks real and feels right and pass up the rest. We have a belief that we think is true at one stage and find a few years later that it is not true anymore. However it does not mean that it was not true for us at the time. We have only grown.

If we look at those younger than ourselves and see what we think of as misfits because they know nothing, do nothing or have nothing, they are just at a different place on the road. If they are dependant or in our opinion, acting like jerks, maybe that is the way their role models act and they have not yet realized they are on the wrong track. We all have an obligation to those that follow to set a better example. And society as a hole needs to set a better example of what is right or wrong. The movies, the music, the TV...can anybody justify the sex, the crime, the drugs that is portrayed.

I have changed much and often over the years and each year seems to me to be the best one yet. I can not do the same things I could do when I was 30 but my wants have changed so it no longer maters. If this was not the case we would all be living in the past and hating every minute of it.. When we stop learning, we lose our passion for living and life no longer matters. This is the point when I believe we become old.

For me...we are all important. The babies, the teenagers and the adults...and even the old. I would not like living in a world without all of these catagories.

I have been traveling a long time and when I look behind I see a very long road. And ahead...it appears to be little foggy.

Thanks for listening.

Roberto.


Knowledge and Wisdom

"Knowledge is of little use without Wisdom. There is no wisdom without spirtuality and ture spirituality always includes service to others". (Anyone know where this quote came from please comment.)