...how often do we use this phrase to justify our situation?  Diminishing the significance of something to avoid the emotional conflict it creates is...well, cowardice at face value. Self proclaimed to be a person of principle and upstanding to ones beliefs and values is deteriorated to a certain extent every time we make these exceptions though. Yet,  taking this to the other extreme is toxic in and of itself in that we wrap boundaries around our capacity to grow. All of this points to a much deeper truth, we are all prisoners to our impulses. Ignore them, and they haunt you with their subconscious craving. Give them the reigns, and you stir your life into a constant state of turmoil. Balancing between the two is the never ending story of being a modern day human being. I’m no different than everyone else when it comes to this struggle. The tiny bit of guilt following this impulse subservience isn’t enough to keep us awake at night, but cumulatively they do wear down our decision making skills to the point where we overlook the real trade offs we are addressing. Just as when dealing with others, a series of false truths can quickly become an avalanche of denial. This is precisely why values and beliefs anchor our perceptions. 



  “...$20 Burger😳” 

 Now, let’s take a look at the landscape of humanity around us today. Values and principles are terms shoveled around by those with enough abundance to stave off worry of survival. The majority of the humans living on earth at this very moment compromise honor for need pretty regularly. It’s not a terrible thing in reality, but a necessary moral dilemma in fact. I would venture to say, that those same people are only called to weigh their options a small percentage of the time. The large majority of the decisions facing them can be evaluated absent of the emotional conflict. The point I’m driving here is this, building your life around social norms as though they are absolutes is short sighted to the spectrum of the big picture. Rules provide texture to our expectations for others. “If everyone does what they’re supposed to do, order is served up” Let you in on a secret...that shit is naive as fuck! How much emphasis we place on something definitely drives its context in our lives. Because something is valuable to us doesn’t make it a treasure. 



  “...add artichokes & jalapeño’s” 


Once again, life is all about getting over something. Yourself mostly, but we only have so many moments to work through. Defining the intensity of each and every aspect of a life is way too much deliberation to choke down. I’m not condoning just ignoring everything either. I’m saying build your morals around honesty with yourself first and foremost. Shrinking the gap between the accountability you hold yourself to versus the standards you hold others to. I believe it’s vital to accepting others with any true meaning. The difference in existing and thriving. One can only truly know their perspective, and applying that to anyone else is ridiculous at best. Just as assuming the series of little lies we stuff down our own faces to avoid being honest with ourselves does not convey to doing likewise to others, especially if we care about them. Here in this detail we can grasp the magnitude of how this cycle works. “Not such a big deal to me, must not be a big deal to so in so” That’s the amplifier that launches the dicey ride, and the slippery slope is a long ass horrible time. Whatever the specific circumstances are the golden rule is always applicable. 








That’s the bill for every United States citizen for the repairs necessary to fix the fucked up mess we face. Oh, this doesn’t include any future initiatives that propels millions of future adults into prosperity. This number only prevents the total degradation of our society. A life jacket of sorts, in that it keeps you from drowning, but doesn’t prevent shark attacks while you’re waiting for a rescue to occur. I realize there are people from many cultures that will peruse this post, but unless you pay taxes in the United States you’ve got your own dilemma to deal with. I can only work on one fucked up mess at a time. I’m truly sorry, but maybe we weigh in on other nation states later? I’m certainly not void of compassion, just limited by the scope of my focus. 


Searching for blame to aspersions of guilt is a waste of precious effort and attention. That’s a generational mistake repeated over and over again throughout the past hundred years. A new approach requires building a new realization from a fresh perspective. Not the crazy fucked up kind brought about by the likes of Karl Marx and the subsequent century of communism and oppression that followed. His distorted perspective of capitalism and its effects on the social structure of humanity set into motion a movement enslaving over a third of the worlds population. He missed the mark on the underlying issues of social distortion and wealth distribution. Franklin Rosevelt showed the proper concern for the poor of his country, he just had far too much on his plate to dedicate the proper amount of time to deliver sufficient change. Timing is critical in these epic shifts in collective consciousness. Lyndon Johnson had the heart to deliver an honest pledge, just didn’t have the full understanding of what he was dealing with. After that, the partisanship has destroyed the unique individual vision of a better tomorrow. Even crashing the racial barriers for the first black president failed to yield any results in addressing social inequality. 


What in the fucks sake could a country boy from Arkansas possibly offer then, where all these epic figures of history have failed. Remember that notion of timing? Others have fallen short mostly because the understanding hadn’t quite developed enough to build a complete story for what to do. I don’t claim to be the one with the ultimate answer, but the underlying factors are much clearer today than at any time in the past. The distractions of new technology and how to integrate the benefits into the human condition are overwhelming the desire to improve the social conditions of our species. Things don’t always happen for the reasons we choose to believe, but rather due to the culmination of the timing of their components convergence into what comes to pass. I can only assume what is believed to be true today, and further research and discovery can and will alter those assumptions. We are continually building that understanding with each passing day, and attempting to pacify the masses with a history lesson rather than a tenable vision based on the most recent understanding. Unlike all those aforementioned great thinkers as well as anyone not mentioned, my validation doesn’t lie within accreditation for seeing what’s missing. I just want humanity to find a more harmonious existence absent of the egocentric bullshit we have known since we could first express our conscious experience in words. 


Children matter most to any society, given they are the future for everyone. There’s not a single nation state that prioritizes its children with the highest level of care. Why do you think that is? In the United States we spend five times the amount on the elderly as we do on our children. Childhood poverty rates remain a static 20% in a rising overall population. This fact alone eludes to the inherent issues addressed above concerning perspective and focus with regards to truly understanding how to make things better. Somehow it feels as though because children don’t vote and are not contributing to economic and social matters, that they are overlooked when it comes to allocating resources. We’ve chosen to allow culture to dictate the standards for how a child should develop. This oversight has led humanity to where we sit today, and must be overhauled to make significant progress forward. Now, I’m certainly not the first person to suggest the developmental path for children is vital to adult success, and not even the first to suggest “It takes a village to raise a child”. My perspective is not unique to the problem at all. I’m simply concerned enough to work for a real solution. Tying social media with volunteerism to provide more meaningful experiences to the children who are not getting an adequate standard of care. People are more than willing to volunteer in their community, and these children are in need of more attention, so utilizing technology to bridge that gap just seems like the right approach. 


Absent of some epic reconfigured planning on our part, that cost of maintaining this status quo of a fucked up mess will explode to an unachievable cost to what we are touting as the greatest society. 2034 is not that far away, and that’s when the bill for fixing social security comes due. Then what? Donald Trump nor Hilary Clinton have a legitimate proposal to fill this epic financial void, nor do ANY of their political allies. It’s up to us as responsible citizens to lay the groundwork for that better tomorrow... 



  #better tomorrow