Is war ethical? Any war? This war?
More importantly, are we remaining an ethical society because of this ongoing war?
With so many emotions, physical suffering, and opinions we cannot answer these questions very easily since first it must be determined if the clash is a just one and if all peaceful actions were exhausted prior to the start of the conflict. Continue reading “Fifteen Years Ago “War” Crashed into the United States”
March 21, 1983 marked the beginning of a remarkable journey that would last a lifetime. This journey has been shared with my family, many dear friends, and countless audiences throughout the world. I have been blessed to observe the emotional impact created by the retelling of the stories from this journey. Stories that make people laugh with joy, cry with compassion and think differently with love about life in general; all through the efforts to educate, share life’s learning experiences, and to grow society’s embrace of the truth through moral and ethical principles. Continue reading “Financial / Insurance Planning; Founded on the Power of the Wisdom of Three”
Truth…What exactly is it?
My friend Mr. Webster says it is something that corresponds to facts or reality; honest and sincere.
We have all been told as a child it was something you should always tell to others; so it must be a form of communication. Whenever we didn’t tell the truth we were told that we were telling a lie; so the truth by default is the opposite of lying or saying what is not true. To complicate the situation further, we can honestly believe we are telling the truth but the person we are speaking with can honestly believe that we are lying to them; causing tremendous disruption to any meaningful trust associated with the topic of our discussion. This differing opinion, as to whether our statement is truth or false, can be based solely on our understanding of one another as well as the information available to us at that time. On occasion, we will even allow irrelevant evidence to invade the topic in question. This sort of confusion definitely hinders our clear identification of the truth resulting in the ongoing search to explain exactly what we are supposed to do with this mysterious thing we call the truth. Continue reading “Lessons of Truth”
The title of Genius is a very prestigious one, denoting a level of intelligence rarely found in the general population. Assets to the world, these talented people are elevated by the public, mainly because of the sense of awe that they generate in their area of specialty. It is through their efforts that they strive for amazing physical feats in the sporting arenas, explore the hidden secrets of our own minds, or create unimaginable beauty in a timeless masterpiece of art. As with all benefits, so come the challenges. Due to the uniqueness of their impressive gift, a Genius is prone to an elitist attitude.
They are special and they know it.
Continue reading “The Gift of Genius”
“There are only three certainties in life; breathing, taxes, and death.”
Anthony “Tony” Boquet
It was Ben Franklin who coined the phrase, “There are but two certainties in life; death and taxes.” Now realize that this statement was made as a jab of the ever growing need to fund the government machine but he was absolutely right in the fact that taxes will last as long as we live and death is a certain end to our life. However, in an effort to satisfy my craving for accuracy, I purpose a third certainty; the only sustaining involuntary function that maintains life; breathing. We know that Ben was a fan of debates and was also a very intelligent man. I think that if he and I could have reflected together on this comment, he would have agreed that I was correct in my addition. Man only needs three things for human life; Air, Water and Food. Of the three it is only air that is consumed involuntarily; thus there can be no life without the act of breathing.
Continue reading “Our Three Final Wise Decisions”
The great Greek philosophers solved the mysteries of thought centuries ago by writing the Three Laws of Thought. They determined and explained these undeniable truths so that future civilizations would not have to struggle to communicate with one another. The thoughts are universal and apply to every rational human on earth. Being laws of nature, they cannot be changed or edited by mankind. No matter how bad some people wish to do so, they have no power over the truth. There are many laws of nature; laws of physics, science, ecology and psychology just to name a few. They all form the basis of what we know as universal truths. It is the compilation of these truths that form the basis for wise reasoning. Without truth there can be no wisdom. Without wisdom we can never learn to solve our problems for good.
Continue reading “The Three Classical Laws of Thought”
Can you stop your feet from tapping when you listen to the familiar beat of “Mr. Tambourine Man” or “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” by the great Bob Dylan? Do the memories flood your mind, bringing back the excitement of that first dance with that very special someone?
How about when you hear Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”; do you start singing along no matter where you are? If you moved away from the South, do you yearn to return, even if only for a visit?
When you are driving in your car and Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” starts to play on your radio; can you smell the ocean waves and feel the sand under your feet?
Music, it has been around in one form or another since the beginning of time. It is man’s river of emotional memories. It can be used to creatively express a multitude of emotions from happiness, sadness, joy, sorrow, excitement, melancholy, and of course love. Even before adding lyrics to the melody we can be mesmerized by the beat, tone, and intensity of the sounds; stealing away our current thoughts, replacing them with memories long forgotten. These notes when tied to our emotions can enhance the way we remember, memorialize, teach, praise, worship, and yes…even love or hate someone or something. Continue reading “Music Follows the Beat of Wisdom”
A successful businessman was growing old and he knew that it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.” Continue reading “The Seed; A Lesson in Business”
I have been blessed both with joy and sometime saddened by the emails from people who have read my book, “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”. Most are just comments about the book but some are much more touching. Like this one.
“…I have made many unwise decisions in my life and sadly most of them fell under what the book describes as “careless decision making”. As a young woman I dated and married a man who was the love of my life. My parents both disliked him and tried very hard to dissuade me from marrying him. So much so I married him to their disapproval doing so outside of the Church. Mistake one. Continue reading “Wisdom from a Mother”
“The Democratic Party is the party of the poor and the working class.”
Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Definitions classify us but if they are true then we must live with the consequences.
You cannot turn on the radio or television during an election year without hearing a candidate of the Democratic Party telling you that if you are poor or working you should agree, accept, and endorse their policies, agendas, and ideologies. As with many things, I don’t like to have anyone that I do not trust telling me what I should or shouldn’t believe. It was the above quote that caused me to reflect on this mindset since my working status clumps me into their demographically aligned pool. Continue reading “Governance vs. Social Engineering”