In my opinion, there are three main problems driving our
current political gridlock. All are based on poor thinking skills.
Americans should be willing to learn from other societies
and other groups. For example, too many of us arrogantly assume Europe has
nothing good to teach us.They assume
higher taxes for the rich and safety nets for the poor hinder economic
progress.But in fact, the European
Union with a total of 500 million people has the world’s largest economy and the
most Fortune 500 companies. They produce an economy almost as large as the
United States and China combined.
When you look at the data, several European nations consistently
do better than us in most socio-economic categories, including less infant mortality,
less chronic disease, less poverty, less violent crime, less drug addiction and
less suicide. They live longer and spend far less on healthcare.
I love the ocean. It symbolizes so many things. I love to watch and ride the waves early in the evening when the beach is almost empty. Here are my thoughts...
I watch the waves slowly rise, then peak, crash and fade.
Where do they come from? Where do they go?
Why do they appear at all?
They arise out of the great sea that is always and everywhere.
They return to that same great sea,
Only to rise again, in another place and another time.
They arise to play…with the surfers, the gulls, the wind
And me, as I lose myself in their beauty, their wetness and their mystery.
They humbly and gratefully fill the space
Between the eternal depths and the ever changing world above.
As I wade further and further from the shore to catch my ride,
I finally lose myself in its moment,
And realize I am that wave.
As I think of loved ones who have died and are dying, I've tried to express my own thoughts about death in the words below...
Famine, war, death and pain - you're born and then you die.
Is this life all there is? You spread your wings - but never fly?
Many will suffer, a few will dance, most will march in line.
Life on earth is mainly chance, but is heaven by design?
Could there be a happy ending to this life of trials and tears?
Could such a cruel beginning grow sweeter through the years?
Are there sufficient flowers blooming among the weeds -
That in your darkest hour, you can still somehow believe?
There is lot of talk lately
about violent crime among young blacks. I keep hearing people say it all
comes down to individual choice. Are they suggesting young black men
simply make far more bad choices than young white men?
When large groups of people commit more crimes than other groups, we
look at common factors to explain the cause. In the case of violence
among young black men, four obvious factors that distinguish them from
other young men are race, poverty, limited education and lack of good
adult role models. I reject race as a cause. That leaves poverty,
education and role models, all of which revolve around poverty.