Wednesday, May 29, 2019

We've Made Christianity Ugly!

The Christian religion (and others), which is ultimately meant to be a way to achieve inner peace, has become nothing more than an ugly business for personal gains and abuse: I’m tired of it all!

Ultimately, there are 3 categories the Christian religion business falls into. Those are:
  • Legal/Official - Include the papal and all of its derivative. Have a look at the buildings the high officials lives in and tell me the Christian religion isn’t a business. It makes for a pretty ugly business when you consider the years of abuse, by priests, that's been happening all over the place.
  • Entertainment - Joel Osteen, John Gray are religious personalities that profit heavily from their “service”.
  • Scam - The likes of Peter Popoff who asks audiences to pay thousands of dollars to see live miracles. These are the worst of the bunch since there are doing it solely for the purpose of making money and their services generally lacks any real Biblical content.

While I understand that some of the money earned has to go towards paying one’s bills - it’s not supposed to be paying off 5k shoes, fancy cars and mansions.
Is it so bad for me to expect preachers to be living a similar lifestyle than Jesus did? Or at least have a similar lifestyle than the average person listening to the sermon?
Some may see this as jealousy, and maybe in a way it is, but it's also common sense to me. The expectation of the money given to a Church is that it will fund worthy causes - not pay off someone's Rolex.

What is perhaps the most ironic in all of this is that we keep selling religion as this beautiful thing but it is the cause of many evils in our history. There were times when women were burnt for religious sake, we fought wars in the name of it and committed all sorts of lewd acts under its protection.
These are hardly the history one wants to remember on his path of inner peace but it is there non the less.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How They Control Us

The mass media is how we’re being controlled and we’re easier to control when we’re uneducated. No, it’s not about getting masters degrees or attending schools… it’s more about getting a basic understanding of a multitude of subjects to help us get through life without getting taken advantage of (at least not as much). Some of the subjects to consider are the following:
  • Finance - people are quick to take advantage of those that are financially illiterate or irresponsible. There are always things to learn about finances.
  • Politics - It’s not that complicated and learning about it will allow you to make more informed decision of which party you should elect.
  • Relationships - Learning how to get along will help get us opportunities that we couldn't’ get otherwise.
  • Philosophy - You certainly don’t need to be an Aristotle but to know about philosophy, and develop your own life philosophy, can help be at peace with the world.
  • Spirituality - Speaking of being at peace, figuring out who you, and accepting it, is also important.
I once heard that thinking was the ability to see with the "mind's eye" and that in order to open that eye we needed to be learning beyond what we're thought in schools. Did you ever get a course on Finances in school?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

End of the Mom/Pop Corner Stores?

A global economy means that locals stores are competing against stores anywhere in the world via the internet. In a pity attempt to find relevance, it's not uncommon to hear people say that we should be "buying local!" and I can't help but ask "why?".

If you are in business and you are currently begging your customer to buy your products or services ... well you either need to change or face the fact that your business is doomed to fail.
In a free economy, the strongest always wins but strongest can be anyone. The internet not only put another nail on the mom/pop shops' coffin, it also opened the door for great ideas to reach more people than ever. You can literally make money by filming yourself and putting it on youtube.

This "revolution" is not the first of kind. It isn't the first time that the mom/pops type of shops have had to fight a war. Previously, Walmart came in and put a lot of those type of business obsolete. They had a better system than anyone else - hence why they pretty much won that battle.
We could say that Amazon is currently winning because it pushed the idea of Walmart even further. Walmart is now trying to find relevance in this new market.

This shift is beautiful and it is normal. It is up to any entrepreneurs to come up with better ideas to change the world. Keep inventing!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Health Conversations in Moderation

We all have that one or two person in our lives that talk about the things that are going wrong in their lives constantly. Generally older, those people usually don’t do much during their day and focuses too much on the negative sides of their lives rather than the positive one. They literally have nothing better to talk about because they don’t see much going on with them.

We have to remember that talking about diseases, aches or ailments are only interesting to the person that has them and there’s nothing to gain from sharing it other than an attempt at compassion or pity. These negative talks can also suck out the energy in the conversation.

In moderation, those type of conversation are fine. After all, it’s important to share how we’re doing to our friends but it shouldn't be all that we’re talking about.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Are We Tough Enough?

*French troops storming Redoubt 9 during the Siege of Yorktown

It's not too long ago that warfare required men to stand in line waiting to get shot at while listening to your orders via flutes and drums or looking out for flag signals. Unsurprisingly, some men would flee the battle and were considered lesser men for doing so. (Although we could argue that they were the smartest people of the bunch... why in the world would you stay in line waiting to get shot?)

Those that didn't flee are among the toughest, most courageous, men in history. They believed so strongly in their cause that they were willing to take a bullet for it.

Where are those courageous men today? We grew to be selfish individuals - we don't stand up for things that doesn't affect us even though it would be the right thing to do.
We are quick to push the responsibility to someone else. You'll hear things like "The Government should do something about this."

Well... why don't you?

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