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Like my four footed friend above I, too, seem mystified, at times, by what goes on around me. 2017 appears to be the year that many of the questions that puzzle me the most will get much of my attention.
I’m not a proponent of making New Years promises to myself either. In my mind they are a waste of time and energy and if we have to govern ourselves by an arbitrary date on a calendar then we really aren’t motivated to pursue the type of change we may be seeking. I don’t know many who have made a ‘promise’ on December 31 or January 1 to change some obvious concerns about how they are living their lives and been successful.
Many people pledge to lose 10 or 20 pounds, to stop smoking or drinking, to spend more time with their kids or to treat their loved ones with more respect and consideration. These are all worthwhile goals to strive for but if these things are important why do people wait until New Years Eve to identify them? Things like this need to be dealt with immediately not down the road. In short-New Years Eve resolutions are pledged in order to give the person who is making the pledge a little breathing space and a chance at a guilt free last hurrah. Nothing more than that.
We can, however, use New Years Eve as a benchmark to gauge how much progress we have made over the year and to determine what needs to happen next in order to achieve our goal(s). It becomes a time for reflection and growth not a time to make silly promises that 95% of folks will never come close to attaining.
If I were to admit to anything close to making a resolution I guess it would be this: Starting right now I will focus on searching out and reconciling the answers to 4 basic questions that I have about the planet I live on and some of the people that inhabit it. The following are questions that really do provoke great thought and turmoil within me and I’d like to sort them out one way or the other.
1. Why is there no room for science and faith in our lives? Why is it so important for scientists to destroy or dispel the idea that there is an afterlife or that there is something beyond this plane of existence? I say prove there isn’t an afterlife and then you ‘ll have my attention. Until you do or can-Please shut the hell up. Let those of us who believe in something have our thoughts and our freedoms.
2. When will the civilized world (those who truly value peace, acceptance and security) gather and agree to lay out a plan to completely remove any presence of ISIS from the planet? They have demonstrated they are not interested in peace and human rights. They are blood thirsty and truly vicious terrorists who are more interested in holding the planet hostage than they are at carving our their own place to do what it is they feel they are called to do. Enough damage has been done. Enough people have suffered. The death of the innocents will only increase. It is time. Really-it is past time.
3. What will have to happen–what will it take for the dead heads who run the planet right now to understand that climate change is real and not some conspiracy theory? Do these people not understand that all the money in the world and all the power in the world can’t and won’t beat Mother Nature. They are simply prolonging the inevitable by disregarding the warning signs instead of trying to get ahead of what is coming.
4. What was the real message that the American electorate was trying to send by voting Donald Trump into power? This isn’t sour grapes by me. I am truly interested in knowing that. Time will tell of course but they have rewarded a narcissistic, sociopathic, ego maniac the position of resident king maker. He has not drained the swamp as he promised but rather has added to its inhabitants. He has demonstrated how comfortable he is distorting the truth and has shown he is a pathological liar. Yup. All really good qualities for our kids to learn by and the qualities we should all be proud to see in our leaders.
Anyways, that’s the way I see things.
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