Most of us are well past laying the groundwork for who we’re going to be for the rest of our lives. We have forgotten how much there was to learn about the world when we first got here, and moved out of brains that are hungrily gathering information and into minds characterized by well-worn grooves. The very routines we couldn’t understand as children have become our reality as adults, and now it’s tough to imagine where a desire to play with toys for hours in a day ever came from. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #086 – What Got You Here Won’t Get You There!”
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.
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!”