Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 57

Greetings:  This is or has been an interesting week for Jane and I  as we discuss the benefits of meditation. To many meditation is a hoaky kind of hippy activity left over from the 60’s. Many others thought that a joint and a wine skin helped us meditate or some peyote. No–I think they call that hallucinating and that is not the same at all. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is likely one of the most effective ways to deal with stress, depression and anger to mention some benefits all with out the assistance of modern day science and technology(medication). Learn how to meditate properly (there is a ‘proper’ way) and you will be amazed at what structural benefits you will experience. The practice can help clear our minds and allow us the opportunity to think, be rational, and collected. Click the link below to find out more about how Jane and I see it.  Thanks for checking us out.

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 56

Jane and I continue with our discussion on whether or not prostitution should be legalized or not. I vote yes for a variety of reasons. Jane, however, sits in the middle not convinced that it is the right thing to do. Join us for the rest of the conversation. If you have any feelings or thoughts one way or the other please send them to me at jim.lifechoice@gmail.com  We’d be happy to discuss those as part of our next clip.

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 55

Join Jane and I this week as we discuss whether or not prostitution should be legalized and treated as a business with the same legitimate deductions as any business enterprise. Which side did I go with? You may be surprised and for reasons you may not agree with–click on the link below for the rest some of the conversation.

We apologize for the abrupt ending-were going with a technological malfunction but will pick and finish our conversation this coming week–thanks for stopping by, all the best, Jim

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 54

Join Jane and I as we examine the ‘cookie cutter’ way of living our lives that we are moving toward and perhaps not aware that we are doing just that. We talk about becoming more tribal in terms of how we live our lives and although we think we are all individuals look at how we dress and how we speak etc. Click below for the rest of the discussion–thanks for tuning in, Jim

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 53

This week we tackle the task of understanding the importance of some basics when seeking peace and happiness in our lives. It all starts with developing an attitude of gratitude. It sounds kind of hoakey but it is really one of the most important considerations that we, as people, need to experience in our lives before we can progress towards our goals. Click below to get the rest of our discussion. Thanks for listening, Jim

 

Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 51

Jane and I discuss how technology has enslaved us as human beings. It has grown so rapidly in terms of what it does that we, as people, have not kept up with the rate of change. We would not last long without it now-we have become very dependent on technology for our existence. Check out the rest of the discussion by clicking on the link below. Thanks for listening, Jim

I’m Not So Sure I Would Call It A Democracy . . .

I offer my sincere gratitude to those who witness and manage the outcomes of the human destruction and tragedy that seems to be increasing all around us. What they do is amazing and I’m not sure how they do it. I’m just glad they do. That goes for soldiers as well. Amazing people who are passionate and who care about their fellow humans. I thank them all.

I’m also thankful that I live in a place where most of my basic needs are met but saddened by the constant erosion of those rights in the name of my own best interests. Canada is truly the best country on the planet to live in-I would not want to live anywhere else. But I’m becoming more challenged to see it as a true democracy. The word ‘democracy’ suggests majority rules. The will of the people is supposed to stand above everything else. For instance, in a true democracy, Trump would have been removed from office a long time ago. He certainly does not have the backing of anywhere close to a majority. He wasn’t elected by a larger number of voters. I am not a ‘Hillary’ fan but she did garner 2million more votes than he did. Put two or three names on a piece of paper and a check mark beside the one you like. Count the check marks and there is your leader. Pretty simple stuff.

I don’t quite agree with the interpretation of ‘democracy’ as it stands. I do not want to put my vote in the hands of a politician who doesn’t know me or know how I feel on a particular issue. Why then should he cast a vote either yeh or nay in my name. If we lived in a true democracy we, being eligible citizens, would be able to have a direct say in the important issues that frame our lives in some way almost every day. A direct say would simply mean-ONE VOTE cast by each eligible individual. The person or issue with the most votes wins the day. It is considered to be the common will of the people. This is a true democracy to me.

And it is not true that anyone can run for public office. Money, time, support of power brokers, special interest groups and those who gain if John Doe is elected are some of the reasons why the ‘average Joe’ can’t run or would never win an election. Let’s at least be honest about that.

The following are some of the issues that I believe need to stay within the direct influence of everyday people and not left to the representatives we send to parliament to represent our best interests. I can’t remember the last time my ‘representative’ called me to ask for my thoughts??

For example: (I realize that rule by plebiscite isn’t ideal either. However, it is much easier to do now using the technology available and it sure is more ‘democratic’ than the current system.)

  • We need to have a way of impeaching a leader if he/she fails to live up to ‘election promises’ within a specified period of time. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver–it’s called accountability and honesty.
  • Declarations of war. Perhaps the leaders could send their kids to be among the first to fight the enemy. Would they be as anxious to wage war a half a world away?
  • Implementation of the death penalty. This issue should not be left to whichever leader has the strongest moral conviction one way of the other. It depends on what we collectively stand for and what kind of justice are we seeking.
  • Abortion-decision should be the sole decision of the mother.
  • Gun control. If you like to shoot go to the gun club where your secured firearm is located. It is different if you hunt for food and clothing. I understand hunting for sport. You just don’t get to keep the thing tucked away in your closet. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons should never leave the firing range or designated firing areas.  They are useful when hunting people and that’s about it. The NRA now wants to have silencers legalized. Apparently, it hurts their ears–HEY-get some friggin’ ear plugs.
  • Legalising cannabis–for medical purposes only and absolutely. It should be covered just as any other prescription is covered.
  • Major constitutional changes depending on what they are. If the outcome would interfere with how the government goes about it’s business then that outcome needs to be dealt with in a different manner.
  • Euthanasia–it’s MY life and it does not belong to anyone else. If I want to end it because I have had enough and I am deemed to be of sound mind then the state should not have a say in that.

These are some of the issues that we ALL should have a say in–a direct say-one vote-one eligible citizen across the board. If more people vote yes than no then it happens. If you don’t agree then go out and try to persuade as many others as you can that you are right and they need to listen to you.

Let’s leave the government to macro-manage the national systems like the railroads, highways, air travel, funding national education programs, global representation at the UN for example and negotiating international trade agreements, the judicial system, national medical programs, national defence, international climate change initiatives, funding R&D and energy production. These issues are discussed when elections take place-vote your conscience. The other issues are what we have to live with every day of our lives and for the most part direct the quality of our living experiences each day. We need to have a direct say.

Anyways, that’s how I see things, Thanks for stopping by, Jim

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Truth Talkin’ Thursday: Episode 50

Jane and I speak about the importance of taking time to make time in our lives. We don’t do a great job of managing our time well and therefore spend much of it doing things just to do or to feel as though we are being productive. We rush around to the point of exhaustion and then pat ourselves on the back for all we do for our kids for instance. How about just spending time WITH them instead of spending time in the same place as they are-WATCHING them being active.

 

The Past Week–The Short Version

Commentary:

When I look at the image at the top of the page I see a place that is peaceful as it spins around on its axis. It’s difficult to tell that there was so much violence and destruction that has just past-at least for now.Whole countries have been decimated-people have been killed by nothing more than a severe storm of amazing magnitude. For many, this is a blip on the screen of life. Better them than us I heard someone say and sadly there is much truth in that. But have we really stopped our busy lives long enough to consider just serious and how devastating the past events have been for so many who were already powerless to change the quality of their lives and now they have less than what they had before which was not very much. One thing for sure is that I marvel at the stamina, tenacity and sheer bravery that all those islanders and those in Houston and Florida have shown. They are the true fighters and lovers of the gift of life.  But not much has changed for many of us. Perhaps a few words to describe the difference between self-care and being self-centered would be in order?

In true fashion, we grumbled, although not for long, because the oil companies decided to ‘cash’ in on the horror of it all. Perhaps I would not be quite so ornery if the oil companies had jacked up the price of fuel but instead of looking for the government to shoulder the whole financial responsibility to provide aid and some basic comforts had said they would donate the proceeds from the increased pump and fuel prices to help provide things like clothing, housing, schools, hospital services, decent food and fresh water for those in true need. You know-the necessities of life. After all their own citizens were being crushed as well. I guess they haven’t made enough money this year–got to take care of those pesky shareholders don’t you know.

What a sad lot we are. ‘Nuff said I guess.

A Forward-Thinking Program: Preparing and Educating Our Children For The 21st Century:

The formal text is done and the formatting is being done. Soon we will be out in the community ready to inform those who are interested in how our kids will adjust to the new approach and thinking that will be necessary if they are to have a chance at competing for good fulfilling, creative and exciting careers in the new global marketplace. There are many major changes on the horizon. We can only hope that the government stays away from commenting on how those changes will be instituted. Their job should be to fund and otherwise make the inevitable changes possible to implement to ensure that all the ideas and energy that are sure to be presented are given the time and interest they deserve. They need to leave the creativity, critical thinking and innovation part that will surely be necessary to develop a vision of what is needed to the people who are actually qualified and experienced to do that kind of work. Boards of education need to support and champion the new days and ways of educating our kids. The mentors and coaches and other professionals need to be free to create the ‘how to’ part (new curriculum) so that the real consumers in the system-the students/learners will receive the best, most interesting and challenging system possible. If everyone can swallow their egos and commit to work together for the realization of a common goal, do the part that they are responsible for and set aside their distorted beliefs that they and they alone know better than the folks who live in the trenches regarding what’s best for everyone there is a good chance that we can make this work to the betterment of the real group (the kids) who have been trying to tell us for quite some time now what has to change in order for them to get excited about attending school again.

The task of the government should be to provide all the resources necessary to make the inevitable changes possible and to ensure that all the ideas and energy that are sure to be presented are given the time and interest they deserve. They need to leave the creativity, critical thinking and innovation part that will be necessary to develop a vision of what is needed to the people who are actually qualified and experienced to do that kind of work. Boards of education need to support and champion the new days and ways of educating our kids. They need to support and encourage the mentors, coaches and other professionals to be free to create the ‘how to’ part (new curriculum) so that the real consumers in the system-the students/learners will receive the best, most interesting and challenging system possible.

If everyone can swallow their egos and commit to work together for the realization of a common goal, do the part that they are responsible for and set aside their distorted beliefs that they and they alone know better than the folks who live in the trenches regarding what’s best for everyone there is a good chance that we can make this work to the betterment of the real group (the kids) who have been trying to tell us for quite some time now what has to change in order for them to get excited about attending school again.

Let’s start with one of the main underlying principles that will have to change. Any new system will have to be learner-centered meaning that the learners will decide what they want to learn depending where their interests and skills lie and not the system which strives for conformity but little in the way of creativity.

More to come in the following weeks. We are planning to offer some public forums like town hall meetings around the peninsula in the fall. Our hope is that parent groups, single-parent groups, teachers and union reps, trustees, business owners and any other interested parties will want to know more so that they can help support the work and the learners. Our goal is to to be to produce the best educational system and approach on the planet. Currently South Korea, according to most, holds that distinction.

That’s me done for the week, all the best and thanks for stopping by. Send me a comment if you like–jim.lifechoice@gmail.com

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Jim