Pope, Bigger Picture on Conflict

Social injustice. Cash as an idol.



Pope Francis Declares the Stakes for Peace

An attack took place in France. A priest was terminally harmed. A CNN article at the end of this page describes the situation further. The event is one of great sadness and some are given to reflect on the causal factors. The Pope shared thoughts on the situation and the world situation generally.

The CNN article shares some of the Pope’s reflections on the matter. As I read them I recognized them as potentially 4 areas of concern that stand as triggers for conflict and pain.

  1. Certain agendas.
  2. Money.
  3. Natural resources.
  4. Domination of people.

These are 4 areas he has reflected on and see as the major issues of our times. Oddly enough, the problems are not limited to the leadership class. Most people, including yours truly, are susceptible to these temptations. Whether in thought, action, or our silence as we watch it take root in or operate upon the lives of others.

The problem becomes worse when these 4 major concepts are pursed by high leaders, secular and non-secular alike. A most profound discovery is a majority of the world’s total population are peaceful people. However, many experience pain through the political and commercial systems of the world.

Some theologians call this the world system. I urge study of the world system concept described in theological writings. People are advised to minimize their embrace of this system while working diligently to change it to better reflect higher virtues. Some say it is not possible. It seems irresponsible not to try. Mental, physical, financial, and social pain born of quiet malice as well as premature death may be further minimized as a result.


The Bernie Sanders Campaign was Good

He was my favored candidate. Tonight, on cnn.com, I saw the photo of a young woman cry when he spoke. I looked at that young face and saw a level of disappointment that was truly great. She really expected a genuine champion of a new reality. That is not to be.

Mr. Sanders did his duty as a loyal affiliate of the Democrat party. His actions, past and present are noble, and honorable. Like the news stories report, people expected revolution but that was not what they got. I am not an affiliate of either party, I have and will vote either way (or a third way). Continue reading

Part 2 – 7.4 Billion People Proves the World is Safe

I wrote a post on 7/22/2016 about how the vast majority of people on this planet live together peacefully. Most of us walk down the street; or, in places in the world without streets, sit or stand somewhere and are not bothered by anyone in a life threatening way. Occasionally, many of us encounter disappointments in life. Some of those disappointments linger for years, but even with the bad most people live most of their everyday lives without violence or severe oppression.

Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack did some research. It is from 2014. They show, by the numbers, that the actual world, not the world shown on TV, but the real-world is fine. Their conclusions don’t match what I am saying entirely, but it is close. 

I think world chaos is an illusion designed to guide society to the direction of a small group of people. That small group is trying to make money, stay in power, and get a few laughs moving people around like puppets on a string. That is all it is. Nothing to see here folks.


Robots and Job Loss

The robots really are coming this time. Not science fiction anymore. Funny how something can be vastly entertaining on TV but just the opposite when it becomes reality. Be careful what you wish. Think carefully as you cheer on the future.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon is tied with Warren Buffet in net worth rankings. Mr. Bezos’ fortune is not tied exclusively to technology like say Microsoft. No, from day one, his enterprise was and is firmly rooted in physical goods. Industrial Era stuff. Like Walmart. Continue reading

Issa of CA and Fair Wage for All

A jobs crisis exist among a certain group of skilled workers. It turns out that you do need a minimum wage. Why? One reason is wages work when the align well with cost of living. A loophole in paying fair wages is that if someone doesn’t have the same costs as another, the thinking is they can be paid much less. The value of a person’s efforts is not predicated on how much they need just to get by. More people are in need of help on wages up and down skills spectrum. Issa may have a way.