Stand Up and Stand Out!

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”–Author Unknown

Human nature is so fickle, we are so greatly influenced by what we hear or see and sometimes it is so subtle we don’t even realize it is happening!  The commercial and advertising industries has known this and have played on this for years!  The media at large can post a number of articles in regards to a situation, take an angle of a situation, paint a story that will get you all bent out of shape and marching down the street for possibly the wrong cause! The mind needs to be kept under subjection, otherwise your body can be led around by its nose, beware!

It is a fact that if something is repeated enough times, or you view a product repetitively over a long period of time, or hear of a cause that you previously were not convinced about that you then begin to accept it as being something normal and you become perfectly fine and comfortable with it.

This psychology is used by companies, political campaigns, lawyers, doctors, and many a rights groups and has been extremely successful in convincing many to compromise on what might otherwise have been a previously held conviction.

Certain campaigns can be so convincing and successful that you find yourself on the other side of the stick on a given topic, so much so that if you hold on to your convictions you are soon to be ridiculed publicly as being”narrow minded”, “a bigot”, and if you happen to be religious, then you are a “religious fanatic” or politically inclined you will be blamed for being a Democrat or Republican or God forbid, a terrorist.

I, not long ago, sat down at a table with an elderly woman at a facility since it was the only remaining place to sit at lunch time.  It was during the protests in Tariq Square during the Egyptian uprising.  Naturally you want to engage in a conversation to be sociable and at one point she asked how things were going in Egypt as she was not able to see the news that day.  When I explained that the protests were still underway in the square, her response to my shock was, “we should just go in there and bomb the place!” Talk about ignorance, but I could not help to feel that this was her take on how things in the Middle East should be dealt with, and what is worse (and scary), she is not alone!

The masses are too easily influenced by what they are fed. It brings to mind a scene in one of the old classical movies of the depicting the Caesar  of the Roman empire whilst watching the gladiators fight in the Roman Colosseum. At the end of one fight when one gladiator had won the fight the people were holding their thumbs up to say to let the losing gladiator live, however they then looked over to see that Caesar was giving the thumbs down to have him be killed.  Within minutes the entire crowd “changed their opinion” or rather they compromised and turned their thumbs down.

If the general public were to  interest itself in the truth, demand to know more about issues, not be afraid of standing out, then perhaps… just perhaps, we might not be in so many wars and conflicts, we might not have a huge debt, we might even be safer on the streets, have healthier lifestyles, our children might be better educated and disciplined.  Be careful, if you don’t stand up for what you believe,  you will certainly fall for anything.

Choices and Consequences

Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. — Alfred A. Montapert
For every action there is a reaction, what goes up must come down, what you give will return unto you, choices have consequences.

I believe that we have been placed on earth through this gift given to us of life, to make our own personal choices, the majesty of choice. The God of the universe has set things up in such a way that not even He will intervene to change things around (unless you call him and ask Him) to avoid the consequences of our actions.  Well, I wouldn’t want to be God, he gives this great gift of life, the chance to make good and when things don’t go quite the way we think they ought to we get all P.O.-ed at Him! Parenting is hard enough, imagine being God! No thanks!

It is a great gift we have, a privilege, honor and trust bestowed upon man in that we have been given this life and we can make free choices.  But what a lot of people tend to forget is the fact that when they make certain choices, that there will be a consequence.  If you over eat, you will begin to gain weight, if you do not exercise you will become weak, if you over do it with alcohol, over the counter drugs,take up smoking or engage in unhealthy sexual practices you could call upon yourself undesirable illness that can take this gift of life away.

Now, take a look at how things are going on the global scene and in our country.  Not so good! Stock market reeling, debt ceiling on the rise, jobs are hard to come by.  Everyone is playing the blame game, but what really lies behind this whole mess we are all finding ourselves participants and victims of  is non other the consequences of the selfishness and money hunger of a large group of people.  Yes I know, it may be convenient to blame the Democrats because they are in office now, and the Democrats are clambering that it all started with the Republicans when they held office, but do you really  believe that it has all that much to do with those who end up as figureheads of government.  Not that much tends to change in the end regardless of who is in office, and why might that be? I believe that at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter if the person who is running for President has all the great ideas and promises in the world that they are going to turn things around, and they may be truly sincere people wanting to the very best for their country, but actually those who hold the financial reigns are he ones that steer the ship.

Money and wealth can be a real blessing, but it can be an awful curse. The Bible tells us that it is the love of money that is the root of all evil, and we are all suffering at the hands of people who have such a lust for money that they are willing to do anything to get more.  The whole Wall Street debacle resulted in a mere hand slap and then the culprits went right back doing as they have always done, who gains and who pays in the end?  It is a sad day but we are now in the middle of great consequences that we are all feeling the reverberations of, thanks to a group of greedy individuals who really are not interested in your well-being.

Be careful what choices you make in your life, they could have negative consequences that might not only involve you!  No man is an island, we all have an effect on those around us. Don’t allow selfishness to take root in your life that you grow calloused to the needs of those around you!

This post depicts the meaning of my header, there are many doors that you can choose to enter into, each one has something awaiting behind it just for you!  What will you choose?

Where Is The Glue?

Isn’t it great to have a voice and a say!?  It is sad for those who perhaps do not have one, or live in a politically oppressed society where they are not allowed to share their thoughts or ideas on a topic!  I feel privileged to have lived for the most part as a free citizen that can speak my mind, believe as I wish and live as a want.  It is a great relief to have this freedom, but as I mentioned in a previous post, it comes with great responsibility.

I like being an American with the possibilities that you have to start your own business, follow your own religious convictions, and dream your dreams with the hope to also fulfill them!  In much of the West we are blessed in that sense.

I am concerned however that thanks to this blessing many individuals are seeking the areas politically, religiously, socially, morally where the DON’T agree (which really takes no effort) instead of seeking out where we do agree!  I am not politically inclined either way, I only personally have a conviction that where there is unity, there is strength.  There are far too many people who tend to get too dogmatic about their position in a political party, a denomination in a gender or racial orientation that they lose sight of how important it is to remain united.  It really is only by remaining united that we as a people, nation, world will ever be able to solve the multitude of problems that exist in our troubled globe!

So the question that begs to be asked is…where is the glue? What sticks us together, what do we agree on, what has made us strong all throughout history?  You have to have some common denominator, something that you can claim as a united goal, then we all need to focus on that.  You cannot just claim that you cannot get along with someone because they are: Republican, Democrat, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Buddhist, black, white, red yellow, these excuses have no bearings, hold no truths and will continue to get you absolutely nowhere!  By hanging on to differences it will make you: sick, poor, unhappy, depressed, lonely, insecure, stressed out, and as a nation or a people your destined to fall.

By getting way too focused on what we do not agree on, we are totally distracted to the point that we will no longer be able to obtain what we all are searching for, peace, prosperity, love, cleanliness, happiness, good health and well being!