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I Know Who I’d Like To Be

Wealth without context
Wealth without context

Rich and not working

During a conversation the question came up “who am I?” The lady I was talking with gave the above response, half joking yet completely serious.

I’ve often thought what I’d do if I were rich enough to not have to worry. Forget that with more money usually comes more worry for the sake of this argument.

Truth be told I would not stop working. I would definitely take the time to find a job I enjoyed more, and probably agree to work for much less than I may be worth. But not necessarily a non-profit job either. It would have to be the right non-profit.

The point is, I wouldn’t stop working.

There are too many strange and exciting things to learn and different and unique people to meet and experiences to participate in to justify stepping out of that world.

The life of wealth and ease is not a pleasant idea to me.

I’d not take a job that worked long hours or weekends unless the rare and necessary occasion. I’ve never lived to work.

Something I tell employers is that I work to live. I work in order to allow me to participate in my family, in ministry, in relationships.

So if I were to answer who I’d like to be, my response would be I’d like to be pretty much where I am now, with a bit more knowledge, a bit more wisdom, a bit more maturity, more history under my belt, and more future on the horizon.

Productive Efficiency

RE: Twitter Updates for 2009-01-09

This was more in reference to those who would agree with the condemnations of a consumer culture as strident as those found in “The Story Of Stuff“.

Efficiency in production: the ability to produce things using fewer pre-production resources of all types for each unit produced.

Increasing efficiency in production required a more advance production system. The advanced and efficient production system costs more money and resources, but the increased cost is off-set by the resources saved over the production life of the machinery.

Developing nations generally do not have the up-front resources to set up advanced and efficient production systems, nor the skilled labor markets to run such systems.

They must begin by producing a very inefficient product. Then as they gain money, in subsequent construction and expansion, they can afford the higher upfront cost of the increasingly more efficient productions systems, lowering their longer term costs and increasing productivity.

The issue with many current opinions today is that a high level of wealth spread across a broad, educated society is necessary for advancements in efficiency.

Many proponents of the more radical environmental causes tend to believe a more naturalistic system is superior, with people living ‘one’ with nature.

But imagine the pollution from the camp fires necessary to keep all of us warm? A modern heater in a home is vastly more efficient and less polluting per person or volume warmed than earlier systems.

At the end of the remake movie (which has been recommended highly by Orson Scott Card) the alien reduces humanity to a primitive situation, following his directive with the goal of lessening the environmental impact of humanity.

In a primitive state, the resources required to support humanity would be enormously beyond what is required today. The greater the wealth and social construct of a nation or group, the greater it’s efficiency in production and the “cleaner” it will be.

Production efficiency is a basically amoral process that each and every society goes through as part of its technological and societal progression.

What will he say this time?

Is it just me, or are people really not listening to our political candidates. I can understand people not listening to John McCain. He has nothing to say and has been using the same lame attacks for about three weeks now. However, why aren’t people listening to Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden. They have a ton to say. In fact, the more they talk, the more they reveal themselves. Here is one example and here is another example.

Some general talking points from these audio clips include:

  • The Constitution doesn’t say what the federal government must do on my behalf. (Actually it does. It says that the federal government is to protect me and create an environment for me to prosper in. However, it condones little else.)
  • The Supreme Court is wrong for not addressing the redistribution of wealth or the economic injustice in this society (My goodness, keep the courts out of this. If they courts [especially the Supreme Court] are supposed to interpret the Constitution, why would they even touch this issue seeing as it is not addressed in the Constitution.)
  • Civil Rights movements didn’t break free from the constraints of the Constitution. (No, it redefined the Constitution to protect all citizens of the United States. It was not supposed to give give people the liberty to steal the money of hard working Americans.)
  • The Constitution is actually a list of negative liberties. (Darn right it is. The Constitution was supposed to be a restraint on Government and all its dealings, not on the citizens. Remember where the founding fathers came from? Yah, they didn’t want an oppressive government.)
  • The civil Rights movement didn’t do enough to bring about a “redistribution of uh, um, uh change” (you wanted to say wealth, right?)
  • Redistribution of wealth is an administrative responsibility. ( Keep your butter finger government hands out of my pocket. You are supposed to do a good enough job for us to want to give you money, or at least not mind paying our taxes. That is the administrative role. Do a good job, earn our respect. Earn our dollar. Then manage the money to OUR advantage. But, since you can’t properly manage the redistribute halfway legitimate taxes [anyone remember Social Security], why would I want to trust you with the stealing and redistribution of my money.)
  • The Constitution reflects “The” fundamental flaw that continues to this day. (What, the lack of a redistribution of wealth to the lazy or the down right racism that is rampant in all parts of the United States? Guess what, I have news for you, the majority of the U. S. is color blind now. Take a trip to California. It is hard to find racism there, unless it is directed at Mexican-Americans [and the African-Americans are the primary proponents of that racism]. However, Mr. Obama, you will find racism if you look for it. I mean, just look at the fact that estimates say that 95% of African-Americans will be voting for you.)

And here are a couple gems from this article.

People had a way of hearing what they wanted in Mr. Obama’s words. Earlier, after a long, tortured discussion about whether it was better to be called “black” or “African-American,” . . . According to Mr. Ogletree, students on each side of the debate thought he was endorsing their side. “Everyone was nodding, Oh, he agrees with me,” he said.

[In a Robotic Tone] Yes Master . . . Lead on oh Great One . . . The world will bow before your superior rhetoric . . .

But mainly, Mr. Obama stayed away from the extremes of campus debate, often choosing safe topics for his speeches. At the black law students’ annual conference, he exhorted students to remember the obligations that came with their privileged education. His speeches, delivered in the oratorical manner of a Baptist minister, were more memorable for style than substance, Mr. Mack said. “It’s the inspiration of the speech rather than the specific content,” he said.

Yes Great One . . . another great showing . . . your superior speaking ability sent shivers down my spine . . .

a mouse infestation at the review office provoked a long exchange about rodent rights — as well as some uncertainty about what Mr. Obama himself thought about the issue at hand.

In dozens of interviews, his friends said they could not remember his specific views from that era, beyond a general emphasis on diversity and social and economic justice.

Yes master . . . you listen to my needs . . . you know who I am and what I want . . . you will give me my deepest desire . . . All will see you as our Savior from . . . um, uh, um  . . . What can you save us from, I didn’t hear that part?

In interviews, Mr. Obama was modest and careful. (In a rare slip, he told The Associated Press: “I’m not interested in the suburbs. The suburbs bore me.”)