I woke up this morning, another grey, snowy day. Cold the wind blew strong. What can warm your bones better than a cup of coffee? A dose of hope! There it is more people pulling together to help the victims of the earthquake. People needing and wanting help together! Yes there are absolute worthless people among them stealing orphans for the adaption market and those looting, stealing from really themselves but all in all help is so appreciated. I saw Heather Mills talking about physicians for peace. Physicians using second hand crutches and limbs to get as many people mobile. Bravo Heather. Bravo all those on the ground, hands on working but thanks to all those who donate. We, all the world is actively fighting fear. This fear is one we can conquer! So yes the day is grey but the sun is shining.
Just when you have had all you can take from terroist activity like the Ford Hood shooter or the Christmas Day bomber, an older form of terror strikes; earthquake in Haiti. Thousands of people buried under collapsed buidings, chaos, pain and death. The USA sends in more troops than the UN. Help is mobilized from all sides; thank you Larry King and Co for your outstanding work. American Haitians show their concern and willingness to help. Europe is watching and responding to this American out pour of help, in turn with aide . It is wonderful to have a fear that can be conquered. It’s what we need, renewed energy, a renewed conviction that we can make a difference. Let’s not let fear of any kind paralyse Americans, paralyse the world.
I went to a fast food chain restaurant on Saturday. Yes, we all know which one. My daughter and I try to eat with size in mind, forget the menu orders that add SO much more than you can eat just to claim you get a great deal for the price. When I think what it costs to take the weight off that just sticks like crazy glue to my hips, it’s so not worth the —– meal. OK, we ordered two cheeseburgers, you remember the smallest one possible, no extras. Then the drink and fries. I asked for a small size and was surprised to get something that was definitely at least a medium size drink and fries. We could both eat and drink from them. So what happened? It turns out, one now needs to order a Mini sized drink and fries to get what used to be a small. Who are you kidding? Is the game just change the name to have us feel better about what we order. If “large” or “double whopper” is not cool just change the name. As you sit there downing a medium size something just remember it used to be called a LARGE. Are Marketing companies so convinced humans are unable to reason, recognize amounts? Are we that gullible. Who’s in charge? Who wags the dog?
So the New Year has started maybe a New Year’s resolution or two lie somewhere in the back of your mind. Write them down? No that brings them a little closer to doing them. Just think about them- or not. I mean, what will it change; your weight, your spending habits, your gasoline consumption? Too much to think about when really what you want, what you deserve is to be happy, relaxed, not care about what’s “out there” I mean what’s it going to change? Heard that before?
That’s just it. If you want to be happy you need to be healthy so you can enjoy yourself. If you want to relax then you need to have a little extra cash saved up for what you really want; nice vacation, big television, car or new home? How can you relax when prices keep going up on products you consume too quickly like gasoline or those over sized multi pack products claiming to save money when you didn’t need that much in the first place? So maybe it pays to lose weight, conserve energy…
Think about it: Who wags the dog?
Screening before entering an airplane.
The Christmas Day bomb attempt has left most of the western world frustrated. How can terrorists be stopped? They are everywhere. In Pakistan blowing up just about everyone and everything; hotels to playing fields, diplomats to children. Threats now coming out of Yemen, more terrorists, Nigeria, a young man confused maybe, but certainly looking for a cause greater than himself, more important than just “it’s all about me” believing in a God that will take revenge on all the unbelievers. These are powerful thoughts, thoughts that stir the hearts and minds of many, many men, women and children across country borders, across oceans. The western world our leaders refuse to see the bigger picture. You can’t prevent an ideology from spreading unless you can offer something better. Hope for a better safer life here on earth, a life where children can learn and flourish, a world where God is not a vengeful God, where tolerance for different religions can exist. Instead new scanners are created to check for weapons. Scanners that do what to our bodies over the long run? Frustration prevails, we want safety. A scanner is just a tool against a symptom the terrorist, like a hooligan at a game who frightens and disrupts, like demonstrators who only want to disrupt a peaceful march, they are not the cause but a symptom.
Scanners will do what, achieve what when poverty, desperate hunger, hopelessness is eased by only one thought: martyr, die for a greater cause, for a God. Many wars have been fought in the name of God. Can airplane scanners ease suffering? Whose?
Think about it: Who wags the dog?