Friday, September 11, 2015

Hotter Than Hell

Hawaii used to be fondly referred to as a "Third-World" country, but now seems to have created a category of its own -- for idiotic, moronic, arbitrary government.

Public safety officers should realize that "safety" is their overriding concern and rule, and not simply doing what somebody tells them to do no matter how stupid, or as the police like to boast, "We're not paid to think."

Camping, urinating, defecating on the sidewalks is quite okay -- unless they pass a law expressly prohibiting it in a specifically designated zone -- but riding from one bike lane to another because the city/state has no provision for connecting the two, will be strictly enforced.

Though the people still proclaim they live in "Paradise," when it's hotter than hell day after day, maybe the weather is telling them something.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In Its Own Mysterious Way

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.  

It's more than any one individual can conceive of and comprehend -- because it is the sum of the whole, that the greatest has not mastered in their own lives.  Those are the limits of their universe, though they may think they have seen and done it all.

The world is not just what one person makes of it, but what we all make of it.  When we realize that, then we are part of all of life, and not just our small part of it -- that we hope to grow a little larger. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Smoking versus Vaping

Undoubtedly and uncontroversially, the greatest cause of preventable death and disease is smoking, and the possibly of totally eradicating it because a much more attractive alternative exists, is a slam-dunk to any logical-thinking person.

We know for a fact that smoking will kill you -- just as most people who die in fires, die because of smoke inhalation first -- before they are burnt to death.

On the other hand, there is no proof that vaping kills anyone -- and is not only a replacement for smoking, but is factually and scientifically, the OPPOSITE of smoking -- as it moisturizes rather t
han dries out the lung tissue as a function of its main ingredients of glycerin and propylene glycol known for that effect in skin-, hair-, nail-moisturizing products.

Water vapor is not the same as smoke -- even though they kind of look alike. But that is an important distinction to discriminate -- rather than equate, as though they are the same thing, because if one can't, they will run into a burning building rather than away from it.

The more accurate metaphor for vaping is actually "inhalation therapy," rather than electronic cigarettes, which implies all the things that it isn't.

If their peers think that they are smarter for vaping rather than actually smoking (anything), there's nothing wrong with that -- because that will be borne out by any scientist who has any idea of what they are talking about -- instead of just fear- and ignorance mongering masquerading as the political correctness.

And even better that they can do it discreetly -- rather than polluting the air for everybody around them. Thanks for not smoking. You've saved the worlld and yourself!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Doing Everything Wrong -- and Refusing to Change

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.

It doesn't have to be that way, and isn't, for those who remain responsive to life -- at every age.  But that is the difference -- whether one is responsive, and responds appropriately, optimally, beneficially -- and not just indiscriminately, as though nothing makes a difference, but one keeps on doing it anyway.  Obviously, if something is not working, doing more of it, is not going to make the difference one desires -- but only give them the same result -- time after time, after time.

The obvious is that one must do something different, to get a different result, and eventually, the desired result -- but one cannot achieve that, by doing that which doesn't work -- no matter how much more times.  Fortunately, there is not just one way things can be done -- but many ways, until one discovers what works wonderfully -- and can move on to the next challenge to a better life.  That has always been the challenge of living in any age.

So the solution must solve the problem -- and not just keep it going, and getting worse.  The easy answer then, is that one must be doing the opposite of what one is doing, and not just the opposite of what would make perfectly good sense to do, and would actually solve the problem, rather than perpetuating it for all time.  That is the culture of dysfunction -- and not a more perfect society, which of course, must be composed of more perfect individuals.  It doesn't just happen because people wish it so.  They have to do things that actualize that reality -- even if they are the first, the pioneers in doing it that way -- that leads to a better way for others.

But first, it has to be discovered and manifested by one, to make it a reality and choice for others.  Until then, we don't know we have that possibility -- until someone actually manifests it -- and not just say that someone (else) should.  Few are conditioned to think this way.  Most are conditioned to believe they have no choice -- in all the thoughts and actions of their lives.  Somebody else is always responsible -- for solving the problems of their lives.  But they themselves, think that they cannot solve the problems of their own lives -- in that direct and obvious way, in being the way one lives their lives successfully.

Seldom is it the case that there are "no results."  Much more likely, is that there are not the results one desires -- rather than that it is acknowledged that one is getting the wrong results, and the desired results, require different actions -- beginning with the understanding of the problem, and the conditioning that makes it so.  One is never simply "doing nothing," but always "doing something" -- even if for a wrong and disastrous result.

Then one sees the cause and effect -- or karma, of actions leading to results.  It may not be what we intended, or would like others to believe is true, but it is the result of our actions.  Some would have us believe that there is no link or consequence between what we do, and what we experience -- as the result of our actions (exercise), which largely explains (determines) the person we are.  That may be a prematurely old and dysfunctional person -- but doesn't have to be, not just because one wishes it were not so -- but doing differently to make it so.  That will make a difference.  That is the only thing that will.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Taking Better Care of Ourselves

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. 

There is nothing inevitable about decline and deterioration at any time in life -- except that it is an accepted "normal" in many -- especially those who were never very good at it at any point in their lives.   Naturally and predictably, they just got worse -- as the only way they knew how to live out their lives, because they didn't see good role models of anything else.  They saw only self-destructive types, who inevitably self-destruct -- but there is nothing normal, or desirable about such a path -- no matter how much help from others -- that might entitle them to. 

Such individuals do require greater guidance and assistance throughout life -- not only in harming themselves, but others around them -- creating a path of destruction in their wake.  It used to be much worse -- but is improving with time.  The progress and evolution of human society, is that people become better -- even if they have to make themselves so

That doesn't necessarily create more jobs -- in the traditional sense of doing something for someone else, of which caregiving is the ultimate manifestation of.  "Caregiving" may be necessary for babies -- but the object in life, is to become more self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-sustaining -- rather than increasing one's dependence on others, even if that is socially approved, condoned, and provides many jobs for others -- even as the fastest growing industry.  That is not a good measure of progress.

It is obviously moving in the wrong direction.  When it takes ten to look after one, or even one other to look after one, that is a zero-sum game, no matter how much time, energy and other resources are put into such a scheme.  Then those caregivers, haven't the time, energy and resources to devote to themselves,  and the most dependent and/or dysfunctional, call the tunes -- for the rest of society to dance to.

Therefore, the only thing that makes sense, is for everyone to become more proficient at caring for themselves -- so that they don't require that attention by others.  The obvious cases are bicyclists who believe that it is everybody else's job to watch out and ensure their safety -- as though they don't have that primary consideration for their own.  Criminals and other social deviants are a similar drain on everybody else's resources.  They think that is the primary reason for everybody else's existence.

That is an immature (erroneous) view of the world, and the place one has in it.   The question then, is not what one should do for another, but what can one do to better themselves?  That is the most meaningful action any human can take.  But that does not mean exclusively for one's own benefit -- and nobody else's, even to being in conflict with everybody else -- for everything.  Even to thinking that one is in competition with everybody else, for everything, all the time -- which is even thinking about being in competition with oneself -- to justify and disguise such ignoble intents.

The most productive action, is that which benefits many others -- as well as oneself -- as the first and prime beneficiary.  But if one cannot provide that benefit even to oneself, it is a stretch of imagination to think that they are providing that benefit to everybody else but themselves.  That was what they called, "sacrificing" oneself for another.  A healthy world and outlook, does not require such "sacrifices."  The healthy world is where no one sacrifices and subjugates themselves to another -- especially by their own choice and deliberation.

That would be a sustainable and growing society -- and not one consumed by the obsession, "Where will all the future caregivers come from -- when it is my turn to become the chief beneficiary?"
Hopefully, that day never comes, and one dedicates their lives to ensuring that as much as possible.  That would be especially true in retirement -- when people have to justify their lives beyond the usual affiliations and occupations.  At that point, many lives implode because they've never thought of these things before -- and have to justify their own existence.  Life then, is what every individual makes of it -- but their entire life before then, has preparation for.

For many, that will be a disaster -- as they realize they are totally unprepared, and everything they have done, has been a dissipation and waste of every opportunity that ever presented itself -- even to the most underprivileged.   That is to say that even privileges, have become everyone's entitlement.  Unfortunately, reality is seldom as generous as to be fooled by such sophistry.  It demands real results.

The world hasn't seen such actualizations before -- because that is the work of the present generation.  That is why we live.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Greatest Danger of All

Comparing smoking to vaping, is like comparing raisins to watermelons. They operate by two totally different mechanisms. Smoking is much more offensive to non-smokers because the burning of tobacco (marijuana, etc.) is not inhaled by the user primarily but is lost to the environment by a ratio of more than ten to one, whereas the "smoke" produced by the vaper, is only what they draw into their lungs -- and then blow into the air, which is actually a miniscule amount, and that is why it can hardly be detected.

So even if vaping is as harmful as smoking, it has much less of an impact on the non-smokers (and environment), which rightly, should be the primary concern, because it is the innocent we want to protect first, and not those bent on exercising personal choice -- whether that is BASE jumping, climbing Mt. Everest, drinking, overeating, not exercising, blowing through stop signs on a bike, etc.

The just society is to protect the innocent, and not the guilty as though they are the innocent, and the victims of society -- as has come to be the fashion among the nondiscriminating. And that is the big problem in any society -- of not making the valid discrimantions from the arbitrary, and then passing laws that only permit the arbitrary -- as in many "progressive" states.

Anybody who has ever visited a chain-smoker's residence, knows that the walls and furnishings of that environment are coated with brown, sticky tar and residue -- which is also going on in the lungs of the smoker, impacting health tremendously in that fashion -- rendering the debate on whether nicotine itself is harmful, as a much smaller risk.

That's why the argument that smoking marijuana having no impact because THC itself is not harmful or even medicinal, has to weigh the process of smoking itself as a huge impact -- that is largely ignored by the usually same "progressives." In fact, one notes that the resin and tar produced by marijuana, is considerably more, by the very nature of the subtance.

The base of e-juices is glycerin, which actually has favorable effects -- usually as the base for most cosmetics, topicals, theatrical effects (to produce "smoke"), which also leaves a thin film in most air purifiers, which is a lot less sticky and thick than the residue produced from smoking.

Unfortunately, a lot of people expressing opinions and notions comparing smoking to vaping, haven't given it any thought or investigation at all -- in any real world experience and experiment, which is the greatest danger of all.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Beating the High Cost of Living

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.  

Many people believe that they have to buy only what one particular seller wants to sell -- and not that they can go to another.  Sellers of course, will try to convince their potential customer, that they are the only game in town, and there are no other sellers -- anywhere, at any other price.

But one of the distinct advantages, if not the greatest, of living in these times, is the realization that there are virtually endless markets, as well as exchanges, that merely require one to locate those agreeable to such an arrangement -- which is very unlike lives in an earlier time, when marketplaces were much more limited, and the weight of tradition forced one to believe they had no choices.

Critical to this development, was the availability of information, and the ease of obtaining it.  Despite that, many will simply deny the real possibility of making choices other than the only one they have always made -- rather than has been satisfactory and fulfilling or not.  They may be conditioned to believe that all variance from the "normal," is futile, and always leads to a greater disappointment and disaster than their accustomed course.  If the denial is great enough, they may even convince themselves that they are living in "Paradise," and there can never be any better -- as punishing as their present situation is -- with its endless toil and dimming prospects that it can ever get better.

They don't want to even believe that life could be different -- other than it has been, even as they keep getting worse.  The golden years to them, is always a greatly embellished past -- that has almost no resemblance to any reality.  They're even convinced that though life for most was abject and miserable for virtually everyone in those "glory" years, they would have been the king or queen, because that was the literature (legends) of those times was all about.  Even better and more convenient if that history was unwritten, and fabricated by those who are the most self-serving and self-aggrandizing -- because there is no record that can be verified.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion -- by which they mean theirs -- and not each their own.

Again, it is information that rues the day.  If one is taught to deny the new, life will predictably be very difficult -- with no possibility of any other.  That is simply rejected from the beginning.  Instead, they want improvement -- but the cultural imperative, is that there be "no change" -- because everything is perfect in "Paradise," or we wouldn't be calling it that.

But those who stray from the "political correctness" and mass conformity at any cost, discover whole new worlds waiting for them -- oftentimes, with no one else even aware of them.  Do such places still exist -- or will one be the last one buying a microcondo in San Francisco or New York as the only possible alternative?

That is the beauty of being "retired" at this particular time: one can live anywhere -- and not just begin a second career in retirement, but begin a second life -- with the advantage of Social Security and Medicare -- if one is up to that challenge their previous life has been merely a preparation for.  The younger, the better -- at realizing that.