Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

What does 9/11 mean to me?

It is now over a decade past the event now known as 9/11.  Like many, I was at my job that morning, only to hear about the event unfolding from others.  But once told, like millions of others, I spent periods of that morning viewing the TV newscasts at every chance I got.  As it turns out, I was watching one of the live broadcasts when the second plane hit the other Trade Center Tower.  It was a morning of confusion, disbelief, fear, and anger, for the millions of others far removed from the sites.  This feeling was only intensified as news spread about the Pentagon and then later what would become known as Flight 93.

Today, looking back, I believe we did see acts of heroism and selfless disregard for ones own safety, in efforts to save the lives of others.  Though most of the stories I believe are true, I do feel there have been some creative liberties taken with some of the stories, to build them up in an effort to make them more news worthy.   But regardless, some of the best in people came out on that day, and makes it memorable in it’s own right, for those efforts.

What concerns me though is how the politicians use events like these to help shape public opinion.  Leaders including religious leaders around the world, have the ability to shape people’s desires and actions through speeches and talks that work on the emotional state of mind of the listener.  These can be the catalyst for both great and horrible acts.  All one needs to do is look back through history and see that some of the greatest impacts to cultures have been the ability of a single person, to drive a complete society into action.

Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Buddha, Confucius, Aristotle, Euclid, Moses are a few of the best known names of individuals who through a single persons words and actions hit the emotional core of those around them while alive and millions upon millions of lives after they were gone.  Each of these individuals spoke of great ideals to improve how people should live together.  Each of these individuals are known for attempting to help people live better lives in cooperation with all others.  It is said when their words are twisted into emotional weapons used to inflect pain and suffering on others and used to justify those very actions.

For those who think this is not the case, you only need to look into names such as Gingas Kon, Adolf Hitler, Ivan Vasilyevich,  Mao Tse-tung, Genghis Khan, to name a few.  Here too are individuals who through their words and actions caused millions of lives to be horribly extinguished.  They did not accomplish this with their own hands, but through their ability to control the emotional thoughts of others to inspire them to take suggested actions in what they had been convinced were justified and for the better good of ‘their’ society.  For those who think religious leaders have not done the same look into history of the Roman Catholic Inquisition as one example.  A more recent religious event being that of 9/11, inspired by those who justified the actions as being justified under Muslim teachings, those no one has been able to point out where those teaching are?

So, we all must use the intellect each of us have been given to weed through the words of those who would lead, to ensure the outcomes never end up generating what will be seen in history as evil.

The right to defend does not automatically equate, to the right to attack.  The good of the many does not justify the deaths of others because they live in a given society.  But, we do always retain the right to prevent others from inflicting harm.  It in determining what is the definition of harm that we sometimes get into trouble.

 

September 11, 2011 Posted by | Communication, thinking, thoughts | , | Leave a comment

Borders Books are no more.

Boy, now I not only do I wonder about not having read every book, cover to cover, I wonder if I have not been buying enough books?
Seems like the new trend is the electronic books. This has been a real problem for book stores, as evidenced by the closing of the Borders Book Stores. Though I have heard that poor management was also at fault, people buying fewer books had to hurt them greatly.
It would be interesting to know what the volume of total books sold is. That being combination of print and electronic together. After all, is it a case of people reading less, or a shift to electronic media being the reason.
For myself, I still like to have a solid book in my hands. One that shows the whole page in a font size I can read all at once, verses scrolling down through the page. I also like the fact that I never need to charge or change the batteries in my book. During the daytime it lights up all by itself, just by opening the page to sunlight. I guess you might say a paper book is the best type of solar-powered reading device. Never a worry about pixels going out, a power supply failing, pages freezing requiring a reboot of the paper software, as there is none. Plus, in 100 years what do you think will still be readable on library book shelf somewhere?

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Books, Communication | Leave a comment

I look just the way I used to look, at least in my mind!

    I was looking through an old High School year book, and it’s amazing how classmates look exactly  the way I remember them looking.  Then I was looking at a photograph of a recent class reunion.  Now it is amazing how hard it can be to recognize some of the same people who I spent well over 12 years of my life with.  Like most people, my mind retains the image of years ago.  I am sure that they look at a picture of me and say the same thing.

   I recall growing up hearing all the “Old” people at family get together commenting on how fast the years had gone by on them.  Suddenly, or at least it seems so, I am now thinking the same thing to myself.  What is interesting is that inside, I still think I am still the same me.  Oh sure, there have been a few external changes, but inside it’s still me. 

   Even at work, I act and behave the way it is expected a person doing what I do for a living to do.  I am serious when talking about “serious” business”, and willing to crack a smile at the appropriate times.  But, still inside my head, what my mind thinks does not always match what I know I must do.  After all, business is business, and we always have to be on guard to make sure others do not take advantage of our business position.

   But I must say, that even in everyday life we have to make sure others do not take advantage of us.  There is always someone out there looking to scam a few extra (or a lot) dollars out of our pockets all in the name of good business.  Why else would we all look the items that are sale first, over just walking in, picking out what we want and buying it.  Of course there are those with the resources that can do exactly that.  But then, if you could have anything you want, would you grow tired of not finding those items that mean something more to you than another item.

    But back to how I view the world not just around me, but the world inside me as well.  After all, the world is what we perceive the world to be.  And what that world is, is what our mind makes it out to be.   So with just a little imagination, I am able to visit where no other person has yet to see.   Sometimes it’s a book that takes me there.  Other times it is a good movie.  Once and awhile, it’s the dream that lingers on in the morning.  And then, it can be as simple are reliving a moment of the past, where everyone, including myself, looks just like I remember.

March 21, 2011 Posted by | Communication, thinking, thoughts | | Leave a comment

“Worlds Greatest Dad” the movie.

   Just finished watching “Worlds Greatest Dad” with Robin Williams.  It’s a 2009 movie, that did not spend much time in the theaters.  I guess you could call it a dark comedy, based on the subject matter.  In a nut-shell it’s about how a father comes to terms with his son’s accidental self-caused death.  The father is embarrassed by how his son dies, so he makes it look like a suicide and things keep getting deeper from there.  Not a great movie, but some interesting things are brought to light through it.

   Have you ever noticed how many famous people are not famous until they are gone, you know, deceased.  Look at most of the worlds famous sculptors and painters, during what we know of as the Renaissance period.  Most of them were barely making a living.  So, perhaps not living pay-check to pay-check, but painting to painting anyway.  So many of the now famous composers, also did not obtain anything close to the wealth their creations bring today.  

  Why are some people willing to look and believe things about people only once they are no longer alive?  Things they would never have believed while that person was alive.  But then, there are certainly many people who are willing to listen and believe things about people living around them, based on nothing other than the word of another person. 

  So, is it ok to make things up about someone who has died, if it makes them out to be better than they were?  But, if it’s not the truth, than what we think we know about that person is a lie.  We do not know who that person was, but rather what someone else would have us believe.  Afterall, if something is written down, it must be the truth; yes? 

   Throughout history, people have written things down so that generations to come would know the truth.  Or, at least the truth they would have you believe.   That is one of the great things about science.   In science what is written can be tested and verified.  How do you verify what someone has written about, which took place in the past? 

   So, in the end, we can believe most of what we see, and question the rest.

February 6, 2011 Posted by | Communication, movies, thinking | Leave a comment

I am missing Washington.

 It’s been a long week and it’s not even over yet.  Looking over the pictures from our Washington trip, reminds me just how much fun we had, and how much I miss Washington.   Then again, after a long drawn out week at work;  I miss Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Arches, Mesa Verde, Pikes Peak, Dinosaur National Park, Badlands, Wind and Jewel Caves, Mount Rushmore, Mount Baker, Olympic National Park, The Hoh, Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak, Flat Top Mountain, and a host of other national treasures yet to be visited.  It is these visits which recharges my spirit with energy to gain the inner peace which helps me appreciate each day of good health I am fortunate enough to experience.   I wish all how stumble across this page good health and the ability to see what is good in your life and the ability to tolerate that which is not.

   Tomorrows already looking brighter.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Communication, thinking, thoughts, travel, Words | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 15, because Day 14 was a bust.

Day 15 of building the back yard fence.

  Your probably wondering, “is this guy ever going to finish that stupid fence!”  Well, the answer is “Not Today.”  Yesterday was a very late work day, so by the time we made it home there was not much daylight left to work with.  So, tonight it was time to get back to it. 

   The remainder of the posts over to the far corner were wrenched out of the ground using nothing but pure brute force.  So after filling in all the holes, which were of course all in the wrong place, it was time to install more new fence sections.  So this evening, there were two new eight foot sections of wood fence that where dug in, nailed and screwed into place. 

   There is only about twelve feet remaining to get to the far corner.  Then it’s time to turn the last corner and head back up the hill for the remaining three sections worth of new fence to finish out the whole back yard! 

   And the best news of all, it I stepped on the scale this morning and saw a number which has evaded me for over the last 15 years!  Only seven more pounds and I will be under the magic two hundred, which I have not seen for even longer.  The ultimate goal would be to get back down to my ideal one-ninety.  Only another seventeen to go.  The fencing exercise program does seem to be working.  Perhaps I will really need to consider entering into the build-the-deck exercise program once I finish?

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Communication, Exercise, thinking, thoughts, Words | , , , , , | Leave a comment