Hotter Than Hell
One of the pioneers of creative/original writing on the Internet, Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii thought he could make the greatest impact stimulating the thinking in Hawaii by running for the legislature. Whether one wins or loses an election, he thinks concerned citizens must persist in articulating the best ideas on what government can be, because it is the clarity of thinking in society that is the underlying basis of government -- and not merely the individuals in office.
Life always works out -- in its own mysterious way. That may not be the way we want it to -- or plan for, but it always works out. That is what happens. That is life.
That is a fatal combination. Not surprisingly, that is always and inevitably fatal. One could not expect anything different -- yet many people make up their minds, even at an early age, to do everything wrong, and refuse to change. That is the process of dying, and before that,the slow dying we call "aging," because we refuse to change, for whatever reason. One is set in their ways, and is no longer responsive, and meeting the challenges of their everyday living, appropriately. One simply waits, for the inevitable end -- paralyzed in thought, deed and action. Waiting for the end.
If things don't change, the coming crisis will be the lack of caregivers to take care of other people -- caused greatly, by people not taking better care of themselves -- first and foremost. If people did that, the need for others to care for them, would diminish greatly.
The only way I've ever figured how to beat the high cost of living -- is to move to a lower cost market. That of course, means identifying how the markets perform relative to one another. It's not unlike finding the better performing stock -- from those that are underperforming. Values have always been relative as a general rule -- but beyond that, highly individualized by personal tastes and judgment.