Trade war on the Horizon?

Those of us alive today are no strangers to conflict, now we face what could amount to a trade war that might very well lead to another cold war amongst rival powers. I recently read an article about the potential for new tariffs and a threatened response by China. It seems like a no-win situation for either country as we are the main consumers of Chinese made products and both economies are locked into a symbiotic relationship for better or for worse.  I will post a link to the article below, please share your thoughts.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/china-will-not-hesitate-with-major-response-to-new-tariffs-ministry-of-commerce.html

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The Resolute

Existence is challenged by the persistence of time. Its passage ravages all things and grinds them into dust. However, examples abound in nature that proves that resolve can lessen the deteriorating effect and allows some objects to last for millions of years.  The mountains we see today are the product of plate tectonics and receding glaciers that carved jagged peaks that have existed long before any human being was on earth. These mammoth structures do erode over time, but they have been in existence long before us and will remain long after we are gone.  Change is a constant that there can be no dispute. The earth is made of sterner stuff those most of its inhabitants. Many are all too happy to be carried away by whatever external force prods them. Like leaves upon the wind, they glide through life with no discernable self-control. This form of existence is the easy path in life, and more often the easy route isn’t the correct one. 

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The Confidence Man

An illusion is a key to escaping the harsh realities one faces each day. We dive into television programming or video games knowing that we are willfully participating in deception designed to entertain and distract us from life. This is debatably mostly harmless behavior as if serves as a form of stress relief. It stands to reason that with a vast customer base seeking to be deceived, that many would spring forth willing to oblige.  This has given rise to a seedy underbelly of both men and women that wish to use our predilection for buying into falsehoods to prey on the downtrodden and elderly citizenry. This is primarily relegated to late night television but has also expanded in the form of electronic communication over the internet. Continue reading “The Confidence Man”

The Virtue of Self-determination

 

Life is like a labyrinthine tunnel with twists and turns that seemingly have no end. One makes the best choices with the information available to navigate the elaborate intricacies of existence. Making sense of it is a constant struggle for us all. It becomes more complicated when others seek to exert their will upon our decisions.  It would appear that there are those that aren’t happy with their own lives, so they wish to spread misery to their fellow man. Do unto others should be a motto by which we all live. I want to see a world where we live and let live, for suffering shall find us all, and we should always avoid visiting it upon our brethren. Continue reading “The Virtue of Self-determination”

Sentence Suspended

I’m sure everyone that has surveyed their local paper has come across the court sentencing section if that is published in your area. What you see there might shock you. One will likely see people sentenced with mostly drug offenses and notice that the entire term is suspended. The police have nothing to do with choosing these punishments, but they are enablers just as a person that watches someone they know consumed by their demons. It is much more lucrative for our “justice” system to put offenders such as these back out on the street. They know they will create more addicts, and add more money to their country club fund. Continue reading “Sentence Suspended”

Challenges

Life can be challenging and overwhelming. At times, it can seem as if the world is against us. Almost, as if the stars themselves have aligned to deposit that special excrement upon our heads. It is important to remember than many things in this life, seem to occur in cycles. Times may be tough, but we must keep on doggedly moving forward no matter what hardships we face. We will be rewarded for our perseverance at some point, if only with a chance to relax in sweet bliss for a spell.

We must never allow hardship to keep us down or dampen our desire for a better tomorrow. We are here to learn a lesson I believe. I believe it will take many of us a lifetime to learn just what that lesson may be. We have a purpose greater than ourselves to fulfill. We are all special in our own ways. Given the right circumstances the least among us adds substance to this life and to the universe. We can all add to the happiness of others. Sometimes, just a kind word or a reassuring look might be all it will take.

A quiet bit of solitude looking out over nature’s beauty can often help us find our center. Communion with one’s self is just as important as communion with others. Surround yourself honest and caring friends. When a person tells me they have a lot of friends, I can’t help but feel sorry for them. True friends never come in great number, and a small number of true friends is greater than an army of false ones. We must never lose sight of hope no matter how tough things may get for us. Each of us suffers, struggles, and blindly searches for our way, our truth in life. Learn from your past, but don’t stare back it for so long that you step off the cliff in your future.