The US Military Can Eradicate American Poverty

Right under the nose of many political leaders in the United States is an institution where poverty, homelessness, and unemployment does not exist. In fact, this institution is one of the premier institutions of the United States. The US Military has the highest reputation for managerial excellence and quality of life for those who exist within that society. I say, that society, because people in the US Military live an entirely different life than those who do not. Overall, their life is clean, complete, and more evolved compared to general middle-class life.

The US Military is not driven by or defined by the normal economy. While it is true that the US Military sources products and services from industries in the US, protocols exist in the tradition of the US Military to produce those same things in a self-sufficient way if needed. People are looking for answers for a better structure and living condition in society. A good question for leaders is, given the existence of an institution like the Military in the United States that serves its members well, what can be learned from the US Military to create a better life for everyone else?

A good analysis of the difference between what we have now compared with what the US Military offers is covered in an article in the Atlantic. Titled, The Military: An Alternative to the Brutalities of the Modern Economy, a veteran of the US Military gives a clear picture of the difference. My dialog here is not an endorsement of US policy overseas or even the principle of killing people. I am not in favor of that in the least. I favor reasonable defense and nothing more. While my objections are noted, I can admit that the Gig Economy isn’t working for many people. The old economy wasn’t that great. Maybe there is something in our midst that could be the answer if understood properly.

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Sharing as a Counter to a Property Driven Society

Maybe one of the biggest challenges facing a person is the dilemma of sharing. The issue is the fear of pain if you give away too much. A good reminder is that you cannot take it with you. A common phrase in certain parts of society and a counter phrase probably exists. Material things do not have lasting value. A person can greatly desire in their heart, the best quality television with the most amazing picture quality ever produced and once they get it, well ….

Television, the Opt-in Thief of Personal Potential

The television doesn’t really change your life. I do watch TV, but in a controlled way. A small, portable DVD player and I probably watch no more than 1 DVD every 2 to 4 days. Weeks often go by where I have watched nothing at all. When I stopped watching regular TV, my mind got better. I wasn’t distracted, I could focus better, and I was able to give more time to the kinds of thoughts I should have rather than put them on pause for a TV program.

When you have plans for your life or just trying to take the next step in the right direction, broadcast TV can be your Kryptonite. Things like TV can also pull you away from something important like sharing time with friends. You can have a much better time with friends if you are not worried about getting away in time to catch a certain show on TV at a certain time Continue reading

Healing in the Hearts of People

A good summary on the Pope’s Christmas message is clear. Basically, the world improves when God transforms the hearts of people. Force cannot do it. Guile cannot do it. Engineering of the landscape, socially and topologically doesn’t do it. Rather, change rarely appears in an overt form observable with eyes that can see.

Change begins inwardly and expresses itself out into the world. That is the way of the spirit. The catch is, it works through faith and, at times, patient long-suffering. Further, rational processes must be put into proper perspective as to their utility. This is enacted through regular re-alignment with the true source of positive outcomes. You must continually try.

Never give up the sense that the light of genuinely good intent is more useful than the alternatives.

Interpreting Maslow’s Hierarchy Today

Maren Donovan has a good write-up on The Point of Having Money. Her description is sound. I will add something to it. If you have ever lost everything you had or accumulated, once or twice (4 or 5 times in my case), your relationship with material things change. You look at material things differently. Also, when you go through hard times or have a lower perceived social status, you see truer expressions from people and in social situations that teach you more about reality. Next, you decide that if you happen to do better financially one day, the causes you will support, the lifestyle you will have, or the experiences you will pursue may be pretty much what Maren Donovan has described.