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This site is full of ideas. Some of them might make you cringe. They may not align with your worldview, perspectives, or experiences. That’s a great thing.

Socialism vs capitalism

Socialism lends itself to the worst temptations of man by encouraging gain at other people’s expense. Capitalism understands that men are not angels and builds in safeguards and peer pressure to prevent them from ruling over others. They’re complicated philosophies… but not that complicated.

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Big pan flute

Big pan flute is taking over our cities. It was easier to see prior to the lockdowns, but it was difficult to visit a farmer’s market or tourist attraction in any big city across America without running into a Native American pan flute group playing El Condor Pasa, by Simon and Garfunkel. For years, I would witness these groups, all playing the same song, and wonder if it was, in fact, just the same group of five guys touring the country, playing only that song. I’m afraid I have no evidence to suggest otherwise.

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The perfect life

Living the perfect life means you were never in anyone’s way. You didn’t impede others from pursuing their own dreams and happiness. You didn’t block anyone else. You didn’t knowingly or unknowingly gum up the works for another. You didn’t prevent someone else from doing something they were trying to do. Likewise, it means no one ever got in your way, either.

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If everyone were like me

Someone recently yelled at me, “You just want everyone to be like you.” The first pass, natural reaction is to conclude that’s a bit unreasonable. No one wants a world full of people who are all the same. But then I thought about it a bit more and considered the concept. If everyone were like me, they wouldn’t care how much money others had. They wouldn’t care what celebrities do with their free time or money. They wouldn’t watch or listen to corporate media. People would be nice to everyone and try to be helpful when and where possible….

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The steep price of experience

The first time you do anything is always the hardest. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t know what the experience will be. There are things you won’t anticipate. Once you have experience, you can start anticipating and navigating a bit better. You’ll be more effective. It’s a better place to be when you’re handling something big. Or is it? When someone you love is going through something horrible, it’s very difficult for friends and family to handle or navigate. Second-guessing is at an all time high. You’re always searching for the right thing, but rarely do you…

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It matters because it doesn’t matter

The Human Torch is a member of Marvel’s Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four sometimes referred to as Marvel’s “first family” because Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) is the brother of Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), and they were one of the first modern era heroes in the Marvel Universe. Johnny Storm is, and has always been, a white character. In the last failed attempt to make a Fantastic Four movie, before Marvel reclaimed the film rights, black actor, Michael B. Jordan, was cast as Johnny Storm. Many long-time Marvel fans were angry about this and were consequently labeled as…

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What if we’ve overcorrected?

According to organizations like Black Lives Matter and it’s supporters, this country is rife with systemic racism, including a police force that hunts and kills innocent black men and women, an election system that prevents blacks from voting, and a social undercurrent of distrust for black people on the street. If this is true, then by gosh, we need to solve it immediately. That means we can’t wait for nature to take its course. We can’t wait for racists to die away. We can’t let the empirical evidence of more and more blacks working, owning homes, owning businesses, and…

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The path to dependency

It’s not secret the Democrat Party would us all to be dependent on the government. That may seem like hyperbole, but isn’t that what universal income is all about? Isn’t that why they insist on expanding the government at the expense of private sector business? Isn’t that why they work to remove God from society? Isn’t that why they expand welfare? Isn’t that why they seek to cause all the problems they do? COVID was a blessing for the Democrats because it fast-forwarded most of their efforts toward building a dependent citizenry who could only continue to vote for…

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