Socialism is an idea

Could we live in a world, in a society in which one percent of the population must resign itself to being not obscenely wealthy but instead merely fantastically wealthy, in order that the remaining ninety-nine percent of the population might have a share in the security of knowing that, if nothing else, at least their basic need for food, shelter and medical care will be met?

Could we live in a world, in a society in which people are free to pursue their dreams, be it for greater wealth or merely the satisfaction only of fulfilling their dream, but that whatever circumstances of life unfold have the security of knowing that, if nothing else, at least their basic needs will be met?

Published in: on March 20, 2017 at 8:10 am  Comments (1)  
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An America to be proud of

The United States of America may not be able to fix its broken two-party political system, or the intense polarization that it breeds among its own citizens, but there is a paradigm shift that this country is capable of achieving that would improve the quality of life for every person living in this country.

When we are able to see drug addiction as a health problem rather than a crime problem, and treat it accordingly, ever so much will change for the better.  When homelessness is viewed as wholly unacceptable in all circumstances, because we decide to care about our own safety and well-being as much as we care about having a competent military, and we start actually doing something about it on a national and systemic level, that will be the start of a new America that we can be proud to live in…

…an America that protects its people and takes care of its people.

Published in: on March 17, 2017 at 7:31 am  Comments (1)  
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That Tech Product You’re Working On

Why is it going to fail in the marketplace?  Multiple factors, but here’s one.  You’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that this is an interesting product (or service) because it is a new technology.  Maybe it’s even a revolutionary new technology.  And that’s why people will like it, and appreciate it, and want it.

Some will.

Here’s the part you failed to consider.

The purpose of technology is to address problems that aren’t otherwise technical in nature.

The fact that your product uses technology, or even uses it impressively is incidental.     …even if it is revolutionary.

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Factory Farming

One way that we might evaluate the ethics of the meat industry would be through a series of illustrations depicting dogs and horses in the same conditions (by industry standards) as say, chickens and cows reserved for human consumption.

Published in: on December 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Drug Addiction

A person, for whatever reason, begins using drugs and becomes an addict.  This has consequences to their health and relationships, their job or schooling… it affects their life at every level.  It impacts the lives of those around them.  So we are talking about a person with a problem who needs help and treatment, and most of all a system of support to help them get out of it and begin the transition back to a healthier life.

Except that in America our solution is to compound their trouble by treating them like a criminal.

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…which has the add-on effect of increasing the burden on society by perpetuating the cycle of drug use and the overwhelming temptation to commit crime in order to support the habit.

Published in: on December 14, 2016 at 6:41 am  Comments (1)  
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Justified Pay Gap

If high-level executives are genuinely worth what they are paid then there should be no issue or serious reservations with declaring it to the world.  In fact, the standard practice should be for all Executive Officers to make a public post something like this:

Hello, I’m so-and-so.  This is how much I make (including options and bonuses) and here are the reasons I am worth this amount.  Here also is the median pay of the company’s non-executive employees.

…and then open it up for public commentary.

Published in: on December 9, 2016 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Accountability on Campaign Promises

It wouldn’t hurt to have an infographic set up in a public-facing venue that tracked progress on campaign promises over the term of a newly elected (or re-elected) President.  Something that could be easily viewed and referenced as a kind of accountability report card for America’s highest office of public service.

Published in: on November 17, 2016 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Love Undeserved

I’m not sure that there are any definite “secrets” to a long-lasting and healthy relationship, but would venture to guess that one of the immutable qualities of such rare treasures is one person (or maybe both persons) loving the other more than they deserve.

Published in: on November 13, 2016 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Animal Adoptions

Try to imagine in your mind an animal shelter; there probably is one nearby somewhere in the city or county where you live.  Picture this place, with the small cages and pens with dogs and cats and other small animals.  They’ve been dropped off and discarded or taken into custody.  They would like to have a home, someone to love and care for them and someone they can love and care for in return.  But these animals, sitting now in a small cage or pen at the local shelter are at a disadvantage… as many people, when looking for a “new” pet look first inside the local pet store.

After all, it’s such a more safe and friendly place to shop for a pet.

Only, what would it be like for these other animals over there, looking for a good home, if they too had a chance to be on display inside a comfortable and welcoming pet store?  What if pet stores took up the cause to be leaders and advocates for “unwanted” and “homeless” animals?  What if the local pet store, out of compassion, began leading the way in animal adoptions, perhaps by integrating or partnering with local animal shelters…

Published in: on November 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What is your age(s)?

Have you ever contemplated your age beyond the number?  Because it turns out you actually have about three ages.

Your Chronological age – The one we put on forms and documents.  A number.  It reflects the number of days (usually rounded to years) since birth.  The most simplistic reflection of a person’s “age” but also boring and possibly the least meaningful   (if one is interested in seeing and understanding someone).

Your Physical age – I credit Nintendo Wii Fit for raising more awareness of this one.  It’s a reflection of your body’s relative “age” based on health, how well you’ve taken care of your physical self.  Are you aging your body faster than your peer group? Or eating healthy and staying fit?

Your Emotional age – Closely related to maturity.  How old you feel you are, even if unconsciously.  The subjective age domain in which your mind and interests most often reside, likely informed by outward behavior though not necessarily (as we do tend to roleplay according to social norms & expectations).  It can change in both directions.  Probably the most interesting of all.  Why is that?  Consider this… might it be possible to feel inwardly younger through the maturing process of self-reflection, acceptance and identifying those things that really matter the most?

So the next time someone inquires about your age you might respond with, “which one would you like to know?”

….or give the cheekier reply of all three.

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P.S. Sign language is beautiful, regardless of age

Published in: on July 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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