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Self Power

Have you ever really thought about how much POWER an individual has within themselves?

Think about it.

In our society, there are different kind of powers.

The power of words.

The power of suggestion.

The power of manipulation.

The power of kindness.

The power of motivation.

The power of goodness.

The list can go on for several pages, but that’s not the point.

I’ve often heard lately that the power of words is deadly. Why? Think about it. Take that case that’s now circulating in the news about the friend who is girl who spoke to her friend that was a boy that it was okay for him to commit suicide. And, if he didn’t have the guts to do it himself, she would come over and do it for him.

Whats wrong wth that? Yes, there’s the power of choice involved, but there’s something else afoot as Holmes would say. The boy was already depressed. He’d already had committed suicide before so she was just helping him along. Is that like personally motivating that boy to finish what he started doing?

Theres’ always a fine line between someone’s power and the person who believes that that person has the POWER to make them do something that they don’t want to do. Think about it. How about at work? Is there someone at your business that has the power to make you do something that you honestly and ethically don’t want to do?

I’ve seen the Nuremberg Trials movie several times. Do you know what the Nazis kept repeating? I didn’t hold the power to argue-to resist-to disobey, otherwise I would’ve been killed to. How did the judges answer that question?

Everyone has the power to choose, but what happens if that person doesn’t have the will, the discipline, or the personality to resist.

What happens if

What happens if the person or people in question don’t have the moral will to resist, does that make them zombies or unwilling partners in crime. Either way, someone gets hurt and that could possibly be you.

What happens if you don’t follow through? Then you’re there to give evidence to the court about the person who tried to do you in.

I find it increasingly hard sometimes to identify with some of the villians who plead that the power of words or the suggestion of choice be waived, that they couldn’t withstand whatever was suggested to them at the time.

Maybe, it’s because my sensible self always argues back with me before I do something really stupid.

I don’t know.

I do know that once a choice is completed, once a choice is made, there’s no going back.

That you have to live with the consequences of that act for the rest of the life–if you live–and that you’re family, friends, and relatives have to live with your consequences of their lives.

Think about it.

Dead is dead!

Until next time… .

The ESPN Scripps national Spelling Bee is a perfect metaphor for the sad state of Education here in the United States.

Much like the participants are just tools their parents use to pad their egos, so too are students at our public schools. Education is no longer about making intelligent p people who contribute to society; its about money and ego. Nothing more.

Let’s get rid of meaningless Calculus classes and stop airing spelling bees. That’s only a start to making education here in the U.S. worthy of respect again!

You know that list of 6 countries that our President wants to enforce as the No Enter list for the Muslins? Well, guess what folks, it goes far beyond that group of people or the undesirables from Mexico.

Nope, there’s another list. An unseen and unheard list that I never thought it would happen to my small business.

What small business is that?

It’s an Internet talk radio station, Passionate World Radio Network. I believe that an Internet station is world-wide. Which means that your hosts come from many different countries besides the United States, Mexico, Central, and South America.

It means ACROSS THE POND.

And because these hosts come from ACROSS THE POND, it never occurred to me that they would be BANNED from entering the United States.

WRONG ON ALL ACCOUNTS!

Imagine my surprise when I received an email from a possible candidate who PWRN has been working with for the past six months. In the email, the person wrote, the US government (military police) handcuffed and sent this person back to their country.

No, I’m not going to tell you which country. All you need to know right now is that the word INTERNATIONAL is a very dangerous concept and that bringing someone in who is not a BONA FIDE American might get you in trouble.

Even now, the FBI or the CIA might be investigating me or PWRN for un-American practices.

So, look out! I might be an undesirable.

In the email, this person told me she didn’t like our government and would not do business with anyone in the United States.

I told her that working with PWRN would not compromise her principles further, and that the US government had no say in my Internet station, but now I truly wonder if that’s a true statement or not. In fact, I remember a time when refugees from Germany tried entering different countries as sanctuary, but were turned back from the borders or away from their countries. In the end, these people had to go back to Germany and die in the concentration camps.

Makes you think, huh?

And just on Sunday, I went with my grandchildren to see an airshow that had re-enactments of World War II era complete with Americans, Germans, French, airplanes, bombers, machine guns, rifles, tanks, motorcycles with attached cars, the works.

And you wonder, what the hell is really going on?

Re-enactments of WWII.

Kind of makes you wonder if there be any re-enactments for WWIII.

Yeah, you don’t want to go there. Me neither.

The point is before I digress further is that just because you’re a small business doesn’t mean you want to have some problems with the ban that our president is so eager to get the Supreme Court to vote on. I don’t like being told that my government prevented someone from signing up with my company. I don’t like being told that being handcuffed by our military police left a bad taste in that person’s mouth.

It left a bad taste in my mouth as well.

Does it leave a bad taste in your mouth, too?

If so, do drop me a line, and perhaps we can bring back some sanity to our federal government.

Until next time… ,