The Trump administration continues with its stated goal of arresting and deporting all of those in this country illegally. The so-called “Bad Hombres” that are supposed to be on the short list for deportation those with criminal backgrounds are joined by anyone who crossed the border illegally no matter how long ago that the incident occurred in the past. To add more misery to the undocumented the government said that parents will be separated from their children at the border, and the adults will be sent to federal prisons until their individual cases can be processed through the immigration courts who are already burdened with a backlog of cases that will take years to resolve.
The farmers and businesses that depend on the labor of the undocumented workers are now struggling to find replacements for those who stopped working out of fear of arrest and deportation. This will cause a hike in prices of products we use on a daily basis. Agriculture is the one sector where we will feel the pain in our wallets. We will all suffer in the long term by these actions of the president and Jeff Sessions the Attorney General. People on both sides of the debate about illegal immigration have valid points to support their opinions. The battle for civil rights has evolved from American citizens of color seeking justice in the 60’s to those who seek a chance at a better life far from what they once called home. They now face what can only be called a prison nation in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Once again we can do better than this.
I have at times in my life had thoughts about those who have access to almost anything they want out of life be it social, financial or even the power to control how others perceive their personal lifestyles or for the most part why others would even care. I came to the conclusion that in order for the privileged class to exist there had to be a permanent underclass to serve their every whim no matter how petty it was. Slavery has always provided the underclass who were willing to work long hours to provide the services needed at a minimal output of financial resources of the upper class. That is the history of mankind from the beginning of civilization as we now know it. Wealth cannot exist without a willing underclass to support that privileged lifestyle.
When one looks at nature there is the fact that even with the birds and the bees analogy every creature is hard-wired to fit in the environment that it is born into. Those who accept poverty as a reality of life have few if any options to change that mindset. This acceptance of being a permanent underclass by those we perceive as “different” is what has always made the world go round. Life will only give you what you think you deserve. To accept poverty as a lifestyle is a process that is cultivated over generations. Our thoughts become the things that we manifest in our lives good or bad that is the choice we all have to make whether we like it or not.
“Do unto others what you want them to do to you” is the basic meaning of the “Golden Rule” Jesus spoke those words to anyone willing to at least listen to his teachings about basic human behavior. Christ spoke these words in a place now known as the state of Israel. The continuing conflict between the Palestinian people and Jewish settlers with the blessing of the government continue to make the lives of those who are under military occupation as miserable as possible so they will sell the only thing of value that they own. Land. Any property sold will be used for Jewish settlers only. This policy of gentrification happens all over the globe every day. To have it happen in the Holy land is an event of biblical proportions. This with the movement of the American embassy to Jerusalem has the whole Arab world concerned about this new development.
In the case of Israel, the use of military force and the recent authorization given to the military to use live ammunition to stop people who for the most part are throwing rocks at armored vehicles. It seems that those who are doing the most damage to their neighbors are asking for the same treatment in return. The Golden Rule should not be forgotten or ignored.
The leaders of two countries that are still unofficially at war sixty-five years after the fighting ended met in Singapore to work out a way to settle their differences and move away from the nuclear option. Kim Jun Uhn and Donald Trump have taken a page out of history and brought it to modern times. President Nixon’s historic visit to China in the 70’s opened an avenue that has benefited both countries financially, and culturally to this day. The Red Menace of Communism in Asia has been eliminated by diplomacy between two great powers. Although North Korea is poor in natural resources because of the dictatorship of the Kim Dynasty it has nuclear weapons that it uses as a valuable bargaining chip on the world stage. No American president was willing to talk directly to the North Korean leaders until now. What has changed to make this meeting happen?
The meeting with the president although short and without nothing much being accomplished is a small step in the right direction although the symbolism cannot be denied. This is a way for the president to look presidential and to escape his own problems related to the Stormy Daniels story. The problem of Russian interference in the 2016 election has not been resolved. The American people need to be reassured that our elected leader can walk and chew gum at the same time. I am behind the president on this story. On this one, he looks and acts presidential just as he was elected to do. I hope he keeps up the good work at least on the world stage.
Life is both a gift and at some points in time a curse. When we have something to live for be it, family, a job or just the freedom to do what we want to do when we want to do it. Life is indeed good. As we get older there is a point where our future becomes not looking forward to better things but examining our past life experiences, and if possible maintaining our health both mental and physical. We all have regrets about events especially related to relationships that turned out unsatisfactorily. That is a reality we have to face as we age. The problem is the petty things we get angry about without really thinking of ways to resolve them because of that anger. The world now has Facebook and other social media outlets to vent that anger without thinking it out which only makes things worse.
As we age there will be a time when the only thing we have left will be our memories of people and past events. Alzheimer’s disease may be the minds way of forgetting past hurts and disappointments. The time to work on the good times of life begins in our youth where we first learn from family and then peers. Those lessons will lead to either the happiness and fulfillment we all seek and deserve. Or a life of misery, failure, and disappointment. We are all given a choice at the beginning of our lives which direction we take. It is said that youth is wasted on the young. I now understand the meaning of that statement. Looking back I can say the good memories I have far outweighed the bad. That is something we all need to consider as we age.
A person becomes what he or she thinks about all day. That is what Earl Nightingale who wrote the bestselling motivational book “Think And Grow Rich.” According to the author wherever we find ourselves in life whether it be successful or impoverished it is because of our thoughts. Negative thoughts bring negative results. Positive thoughts positive results. Another example he gave was if 100 people start out in life at 25 as equals by the age of 64 1% are extremely wealthy 4% are comfortable in their lifestyles, 5% are still working and the rest live in poverty and depend on others for support. Conformity is the reason for failure because we act like everyone else without ever thinking about how to be successful. In order to succeed in life, one has to have a goal to accomplish, and not be willing to be told what, how, and when to do it.
Those sitting in prisons are a good example of how we all are in a prison of the mind. When fear, confusion, anxiety, and worry dominate our thoughts so nothing can be accomplished that will change our life situation. The Subconscious mind is like the soil that grows our food. The ground does not care what is planted whether it be crops or weeds whatever is planted will come to the surface. “As ye sow so shall you reap” the Bible saying goes. Our limitations in life are self-imposed by our thought processes. Each one of us wants something and are fearful of something. A cheerful positive outlook along with imagination, courage, and taking action to accomplish the goal we desire. We need to act like that it is impossible to fail.
Jesus said during the sermon on the mount. Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it will be opened to you. Nothing great was ever accomplished without inspiration. Money does not make success. Success makes money. This is something we all need to understand to receive the abundance that the world offers to those who want to think and grow rich.