When you look at the entire history of the universe, as told to us by a bunch of people that weren’t even there, it becomes clear pretty quickly that nothing stays the same for long. As the story goes, everything existed in a perpetual state of pure potentiality right up until the moment it didn’t. The amount of time the universe spent in that state is impossible to count, according to the story; since space needs to be expanding for time to have something to be measured by. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #085 – The Only Constant Is Change!”
Some things are simply true. Maybe we live inside a complex computer program, or an organic hologram; but as long as you’re part of the program, you’re living with certain truths. Most of these truths are pretty basic by nature, since once you get into complicated truths things seem to change fairly often. We can all agree on certain aspects of objective reality, and see that they are what they are with our own eyes; but some things aren’t considered subjective, even if they are. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #084 – Borders Are Just Imaginary Lines!”
Income tax was a big problem for a lot of people, back before the United States was even formed. In fact, taxes were arguably the main reason this country came to be in the first place. The British Empire was big on taxing folks around the world for this and that, and the pioneers here didn’t really see how the taxes being levied against them were fair. They may have left Europe for a variety of reasons, but once they got here pretty much everyone agreed: life is better for the individual when they are not being taxed to simply exist. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #083 – Income Tax Is Only A Hundred Years Old!”
Small businesses are a big part of this country’s economy, but they’re kind of a drop in the bucket when you compare them to corporations. Pretty much every business starts out small, before becoming a corporation; but once you cross that line, the rules change completely.
No, I’m not talking about tax cuts and government bailouts. As popular as it may be to bring those subjects up in a conversation about corporate entities, we have to look at all the costs up front that make those back end savings possible. Corporations have to pay a ton of money to government agencies just to exist in many cases, and this is not a one time fee. Each year a lot of corporations funnel a boatload of money into the government in one way or another; it’s not their fault the people in charge spend that money as if it’s endless, or keep trying to burden these businesses with more costs with each passing year. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #082 – Corporations Have To Grow Or They Die!”
Last year I found myself regularly driving by a billboard I found annoying for several reasons. The message it was shouting out to all passersby was simple, and dramatic; it was also wrong, but we’ll get to that. In a single sentence, this costly advertisement said a whole bunch of things about the people paying for it aside from what they were trying to say about the rest of us.
‘Every American wastes 290 pounds of food a year.’ Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #081 – Americans Throw Away A Lot Of Food!”
Sometimes the way we phrase things says something about us, and other times we are just looking for a way to get our point across. Using terms other people have used before can happen without us really thinking about it, and it can become easy for us to take those terms for granted in certain ways.
If you have been coming here on a regular basis for awhile, I have some things I would like to say to you. I’ve joked about damaging my fourth wall before, but today I want to set it aside entirely so I might speak to you directly. Whatever my reasons are for writing a blog like this, you’re the reason I post it every week; and I’d like to take the time to make sure you know how I feel about that.
For anyone new to the blog, may I suggest reading one of the fifty plus blogs I have posted in the series; this week is for my readers. Feel free to come back to this post after you have firmly decided this series is for you.
Now, back to my readers…
To begin, I want to say thank you. It was conversations with people who like to think about and talk about this sort of thing that inspired this idea in the first place, and coming back to read this series on a regular basis means you’re probably one of those people. If we were to meet, I think we would both enjoy the encounter. We might sit awhile and talk about how weird it is to live in a world like this, and have a good laugh or two in the process.
Books have meant a great deal to me as far back as I can remember, and finding an author I really like has always made me feel as though some kind of friendship was forming as I sought out everything they had written. Even when I knew an author was dead, reading one book after another by a mind I admired or grooved with in some way has always been a special thing. As a reader, I wondered more than once how authors felt about this relationship. Did they write books because it was something they needed to get out, or were they thrilled at the thought of people reading their words and coming away glad for it?
As it turns out, it’s actually both. Maybe some authors don’t care about who reads their books, or if anyone does; but a lot of us do. Those of us who have a passion for writing know it will happen whether anyone wants to read it or not; but a special circle closes when someone does read it, and there is nothing quite like that feeling of completion. As someone who always wondered whether or not the people writing the books I loved cared about how they affected me, I want to make sure anyone who enjoys reading anything I write knows what that means to me.
Especially when it comes to this series. You can see snippets of my experiences and hints on my perspective in my other books; but these weekly posts have been uniquely rewarding for me. Like I said before, these are some of the subjects that might come up if we were to meet up and talk; and even if the conversation seems a little one-sided sometimes, it really isn’t. You reading these posts forges a connection between us, as does me writing them and sharing them; and that connection is one I am grateful for.
So, really…we kind of have met already.
Now that this project has been underway for awhile, it’s time to start following through with the original plan. Select posts have been turned into chapters, and compiled into the first book in the set this blog series will become. I wanted to make sure you were notified as soon as the book was available, so you could decide whether or not you would like to add it to your collection.
I’m still grateful to you for reading the blog for free, and I hope you continue to come back for the weekly installments. If you don’t buy the book, for whatever reason, I want to make sure you are aware of that. But if you do buy it…you will be showing your support, and your appreciation for this project. You’ll also get some updated versions of old posts, and some previously unpublished content written exclusively for the book.
Like the title post, ‘Earth Is In Space!’
The blog will keep coming out, and the books will release every once in a while. I’ll let you in on a little secret that won’t be secret for long, and tell you the next one is releasing within thirty days; but every book that gets published means a bunch of blog posts get taken down…so we’ll take a bit of a break after that.
If you want to really send me over the moon, you can order a print copy directly from my website. That way I get to sign it, and dedicate it if you’d like. Maybe you know some folks who would dig a book like this, and you want a few copies; if so, shipping is the same for up to three copies and I can put a unique dedication in each of them. This is the kind of book you want on your bookshelf, or your coffee table; it makes the difficult job of finding the fun people a little easier, when properly placed. Go ahead and click the picture of the print copy below, if you want to order a copy or three directly from me.
For anyone who likes to keep their online shopping restricted to certain sites, you can always get the print version of the book on Amazon. I can’t sign it for you, or dedicate it; but I am aware of every copy that sells, and you can buy it knowing I’m glad you did. Even the unsigned copies have the power to start up a fun conversation, and I really like the idea of paper copies of this book being out there in the world.
The last thing I want to do is make you feel bad if you read ebooks. Every one of those sales means a lot to me, too; and you can pick up your copy now with the knowledge that you doing so is something special to me. Whether you are new to the blog, and every chapter is fresh; or you just want to show your support and add the title to your collection, I would like to thank you for picking up a copy. When you hear a little voice in your head after ordering it, saying “thank you”…you can know that’s me.
Hopefully reading the title chapter will fill your need to read about thoughts that hurt to think for the week, and you’ll come back next week for another regularly scheduled post.
And hopefully, you know just what I mean now when I say…
Thanks for reading!
All the best,
Ever since people first started dying, other people have taken it upon themselves to do something with the body. Moving it away from people is completely understandable, since food and water do not mix with decay; also, nobody smells good when they’re dead. However, a few particular people had to sit around spending serious time coming up with some of the other methods. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #079 – They’re Launching Dead Celebrities Into Space!”
Satellites have ushered in a new era, along with all the technology they enable in one way or another. The first one was a real big deal, and had a name that stuck in a lot of people’s minds long after it had fallen to the Earth to burn up in the atmosphere. Sputnik was launched in 1957, and hung out in low orbit for nearly three months.
The batteries in that first satellite lasted about three weeks, transmitting radio pulses on four different channels so esteemed scientists and amateur radio enthusiasts could go all gaga over the event. After that, it continued to orbit silently until our planet’s gravity got the best of it. Sputnik traveled over forty million miles, orbited the Earth more than fourteen hundred times, and ended dramatically as a fireball when it tried to return to Earth. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #078 – They’re Filling Space With Junk!”
Many social issues can be likened to a pendulum, and have been by plenty of people before me; every swing of the blade in one direction leads to a swing in the other, leading popular opinion to do the same. The most classic example is the office of president, in America; the collective mind gets tired of leaning right for four or eight years, and decides to lean left for the next four or eight. We have a pretty strong history of swinging every eight years or so, especially in my lifetime; but that might just mean we get used to the devil we know, and it’s hard to break old habits even when they’re not serving us as we might have hoped. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #077 -The Pendulum Is The Problem!”