As tempting as it is to echo the sentiments of generations past when we talk about the United States, the truth is that the country changes so much so quickly that we need to drop all those old sayings to really sum up what America is all about today. This nation may have been founded on certain principles, and may have even held tight to those principles for some time; but power corrupts, and the dual temptation of power and profit turned out to be impossible to resist in this case. Even if it changed the entire thrust of what America was once all about, succumbing to these temptations was simply too appealing to our politicians as a whole. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #065 -America has more laws than any country in history!”
Quoting other people is not really my thing, for a number of reasons. Certain collections of words get attributed to specific people, and a lot of those quotes go back so far they could not have been recorded anywhere but on paper. Just because someone happened to write some catchy phrase down or utter it in front of others doesn’t mean they actually came up with it; that simply means it got attributed to them. Politicians, in particular, are notorious for speaking other people’s words as if they were their own, and very few speechwriters stand up in the middle of these addresses to claim the applause that actually belongs to them. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #064 – America is Not a Democracy!”
Quite a few people think voting is important, whether the system is perfect or floundering or completely corrupt. They think weighing in has an impact, and they often feel those who don’t vote are in no position to complain or wish things were different. A lot of people in the world don’t have the right to vote on much of anything, and some folks believe that opportunity should not be taken for granted in any circumstance. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #063 – Voters don’t read what they vote on!”
Human beings have seen some pretty scary stuff through the ages. Even if climate change made it possible for us to exist in the first place, subsequent shifts haven’t always treated us kindly. We have yet to see what will happen next, of course; but odds show us it’s probably one of two possibilities. They aren’t the only two possibilities; but they are the two most likely ways this will all play out. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #062 – The world is always ending!”
Some of us may think political parties have never been so much at odds as they are today, while others realize people have a tendency to remember the past with less color than they view the present. The truth is that although political parties may have literally switched sides a time or two throughout our country’s relatively short history, they have always been at odds with each other. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #061 – Life doesn’t work if we’re all the same!”
Two opposing desires exist in each of us, to some degree; the desire to rise to a challenge, and the desire to do as little as possible. Some of us know what it feels like to work from the time we wake up until the day is through, sleeping as few hours as we can so we can hit it hard again first thing in the morning. Others are familiar with the habit of doing nothing or next to it, spending all day avoiding challenges the rest of us don’t even consider all that challenging. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #060 – Making life hard makes life easier!”
Of all the popular archetypes in storytelling, one stands out as being the most popular with the most people. Almost everyone loves a good ‘rags-to-riches’ tale for some reason, even when they know the first few chapters might be a little hard to stomach. In fact, that makes it a better story; the worse the tragedy, the more vindicating the success. Whether it’s a spiritual tale or a love story or an actual poverty to providence example, the heights reached by the hero in the end are made more sweet when we remember the depths they plumbed in the beginning. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #059 – Tragedy brings out the best in some of us!”
That old quote we have all heard may be sexist, in that it excludes all those genders that aren’t men; but even if we change ‘all men are created equal’ to ‘all people are created equal’, we still don’t get any closer to the truth. We each have unique DNA that gives us certain advantages and disadvantages right out of the gate, we each get raised in an environment that is not duplicated exactly even for siblings reared in the same household, and we all live in a world where what country you are born in says a lot about your options.
Does that sound like equality to you? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #058 – Equality Creates Inequality!”
In days of old, when knights were bold; and minimum wage was not invented. You worked for free, to learn a trade; and joblessness was prevented.
Yeah, I know that isn’t how it goes; but that is sort of how it used to be. People had lots of kids to work the family farm or business, and those that wanted to pursue another life went off and sought out an apprenticeship. Sometimes folks had to pay to learn from a professional, but a lot of times they were able to work at a reduced wage or no wage until they had developed a skill set of their own. At that point they could become an employee, and start to receive a decent wage; or they could open their own business and do more work for a bigger share. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #057 – Minimum wage prevents entry into the job market!”
Unless you count my artistic and business efforts, I’ve only worked for minimum wage one time in my life. I also only belonged to a union once, at the same job. After union dues came out of my check each week, you can technically say I was making less than minimum wage thanks to the union I was required to join if I wanted the job. Once they took taxes out of it, that was a miserable paycheck indeed. What I didn’t realize back then was that I wasn’t accounting for inflation, or how it was affecting my ability to earn and save. I was just happy to see minimum wage jump from $3.35 to $3.80 not long after I got the job, which resulted in a nice little bump in my weekly allowance.
Yeah, I’ve been around awhile. So what? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #056 – Minimum wage trails inflation by a mile!”