Archive for March, 2009

Unique vs. Unique

Posted in Education, Humanity, Politics, Religion, Top Posts with tags , , , , on March 23, 2009 by raingeg

If you were like me, growing up in the public school system there was no shortage of rhetoric about how “unique” everyone is or how special “every” individual is. You had special instruction in elementary school about what an oxymoron is.  And this one in particular is fairly dangerous.

Everyone is unique. Everyone is unique. Everyone is unique. That is what rolls off the tongues of teachers on a daily basis, and while there is an element of truth to the statement, it is far too obvious and very misleading. The fact that every person is different from each other should go without saying, it is something that is completely obvious and it is not a concept that is too hard to grasp. But what if I told you there are two versions of uniqueness?

By default human beings are given characteristics that set them apart from their peers. But at the same time, everyone’s life will have its own story and be led in a unique direction, which could either be good or bad. And that is where we come to the fork in the road. The first version of uniqueness points out what is different about a person on the outside. The second version of uniqueness points to what a person does that differentiates them form other people or humanity as a whole. The first type of uniqueness’s aim is to bring attention to ones self. It also allows for one to have pride in things that they have absolutely no control over. The second type of uniqueness’s aim is not selfish. It is aimed at making the actions that effect those around an individual more important than the actions that only effect the individual. It also sets a person apart because of actions actually accomplished by ones self.

Now lets look at the three tenets of the American left which tend to be secular: Race, gender and class. Take a look at the first two, race and gender. Both of these reflect the first type of uniqueness. They are out of the control of the individual, a male does not decide that he wants to be a male anymore than a Hispanic person gets to decide if he is Hispanic. Remember, we are talking solely about the clinical aspects, not the psychological aspects. So it would be hard to give a person credit being a certain race or sex, but it is done constantly.

If we look at the second type of uniqueness or what I will call “true uniqueness” you will find that gender and race are of no consequence. It does not matter if a person is of a certain race or gender, as long as what they are doing are things that better people around them, enhancing life or ease of life. In other words, innovators. And please think of this on a small scale, I do not want this to become an issue of war and peace or country and city, it is person to person.

So if we acknowledge that uniqueness cannot be “something” or “anything” that merely separates us, it must be something that sets us apart from the norm. So we now arrive at a question, what is “the norm?” This is where I have to take a side, I could either say that humans are basically good or I could say that humans are the opposite, not good, but self serving individuals. I side with the latter. That then reveals what the norm is. It is narcissism, and that leads to all kinds of evil in the world.

Uniqueness now becomes something far greater than epidermal or clinical aspects of humanity. While the term can be applied to appearance, fashion and style, it should not be limited to them, but I fear that in today’s society it has. We see what is now considered “unique” is vanity, essentially nothing, something that starts and stops with you. Never leaving your side, never doing anything to better the people around you, only benefiting you and propping you up. It is not unique at all, it gives birth to elitism and selfishness. And I think that is why God wants us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. Because this is not new, man has been this way for a very long time and God knows that man is selfish. And if only we could tap into that love and admiration that we have for ourselves and direct it at others the world would be a better place.

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Essential Living

Posted in Economy, Humanity, Politics with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by raingeg

I am forced to dream as I continue living and living routinely, confined to this place, not allowed to explore the outside world and not allowed to move beyond Tucson for a while. This is because I am working and I am tied down. When I graduated high school in my heart I probably knew that I wasn’t headed to college, so I figured building a resume was the next logical step. If there is one thing I have learned its that if you’re willing to put yourself out there, there are many people that are willing to give you a chance. Once someone gives you that chance it then becomes your responsibility to prove them right

My philosophy:

In order gain respect and prominence one must first respectfully establish needed ties and prove ones responsibility. All in order to break the bonds that hold one down to a life of self induced poverty and operate in a world that no longer hinges on allowances granted by various entities, but allowances granted by ones self while being accountable only to God. That sets the bar high, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t accountable to other things like society, laws and your peers, those things will come naturally because you accountable to something much greater than all of those entities combined.

Essential living or the lack thereof:

When I talk about “self induced poverty” I am referring to people that don’t live on the essentials, instead they move ahead to the extras or the non essentials. For example, a while back when the recession was just picking up there was a news story about a struggling family. This family was at the grocery store buying food to feed their family. At the end of the story they showed the mother putting 12 packs of root beer in the trunk of their car. A 12 pack of soda costs about five bucks, if they didn’t buy all of that soda and settled for the much cheaper juice or water they would be helping their health and saving money. On no grocery list should soda be an essential item for a family on a budget to buy. That is self induced poverty, using money that you have for non essential items. Services like cable and the HBO package and having a big screen TV are non essentials. I am not trying to tell people how to live their lives I am simply showing you why we are in the mess we are in.

America has been and will hopefully continue to be about people having the right to have a choice between self induced poverty and self induced success. I am afraid that as our government controls more and more of the market we are being forced to relinquish that right.

The political aspect of the economy:

Many politicians want you to feel hopeless, like you have no control over your own life, and the only friendly entity you can turn to is the government. So here’s how they do it. They keep poor people where they’re at. All of these government programs aimed at “helping” the poor really do nothing for the poor except keep them content, and they hold them hostage in their own sector of society and make them keep thinking that the American dream has passed them by. They are buying the poor vote, at the expense of the wealthy.

Just take a look at these “tax cuts” that 95% of the country is supposed to get. Factcheck.org says that the number is closer to 75% because the unemployed and retirees will not be eligible for a tax credit. But that is not the real problem, wait for the kicker.

From Factcheck.org “It is also questionable whether all of the tax refunds can properly be called ‘tax cuts.’ The credit is refundable and, therefore, is going to many who earn so little that they pay no federal income taxes in the first place. The White House calls them tax cuts, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office officially scores the bill’s refundable credits under ‘direct spending.'”

So basically the government will be handing out money in the form of “tax cuts” to people that don’t pay federal taxes. So what exactly are they cutting, invisible taxes? And that my friends is how they keep the poor brainwashed into thinking they need to come back for more.

Not only does this system hurt everyone, even if everyone doesn’t know they are being hurt, it forces people to try to garner joy or happiness from things that don’t last. For example, one might get slightly happy from buying a big screen TV, but if it puts them in debt, in the end they will just end up unhappy because you have to deal with the stress of being in debt. But on the other hand if someone is responsible with their money they will more than likely have longer lasting joy because they have the ability comfortably live with out debt hanging over their shoulders. This too is skipping over the essentials and going for the non-essentials, at a time when you simply don’t have the ability to do that. When people are unhappy with their lives they feel hopeless, and that’s just where they want people to be.

Good Times With Paul Harvey

Posted in Humanity, Life with tags , on March 1, 2009 by raingeg

Wow at 90 years old Paul Harvey died today. I remember being a young kid driving around with my dad from job site to job site listening to Harvey. We would always intently listen to “the rest of the story” trying to guess who he was talking about. And when he signed off with his “good day” we would do our best to imitate him and his very long and drawn out “gooood day”. Most of the time I was fairly surprised when he revealed who he was actually talking about. In a slightly subconscious way Paul Harvey is one of the stronger contributing factors that made me desire to go into radio. I had a lot of good times listening to Paul Harvey and he will be missed.