I’ve recently become enthralled with the HBO series The Deuce. They do such a good job with their productions, Saprano’s, Sex in the City, Game of Thrones are all marquee award winning series from their creative genius. A line in the aforementioned series somehow caught my attention, and so I used it for my title. The main character played by Maggie Gyllenhaal uses this phrase as she attempts to ease the anxiety of one of the new girls making her debut into the burgeoning adult film business. For me, it personifies the way we humans diminish the negative connotation of any marginalized social dilemma. “It’s just...” anything allows us to offer our subverted acceptance of something that may not be widely as acceptable as we want to believe. As individuals we walk the tightrope of our impulses and whether or not they align with the world around us. We don’t want to disrupt the perceived affect of the ones we hold close to us, but underneath our drive to be socially accepted, we have these impulses that well up from somewhere inside us. It’s these details that are held close to the vest whenever we share ourselves with anyone. Typically it’s a life partner that we more fully open up to, once we establish that sense of safety for revealing our inner self. Generational variations frame this dynamic of human behavior as well, as older generations have a much different perspective than younger ones, and far more experiential content to consider. Making comparisons for individuals across the spectrum of a group that includes multiple dynamics is just an exercise in futility. Standing atop of your viewpoint as if it’s some sort of standard to measure everyone else by is ridiculous, yet that’s the mechanics for which most individuals assess their reality. We want to imagine our view of reality is shared by many, at the same time questioning that streak of darkness within us we can’t explain.




There is a biological premise for all of this, yet the vast majority lack the capacity to identify and understand its existence. Using pop culture as a metaphorical launching pad to initiate change is my latest attempt at finding what will gain traction in my quest to lift the awareness of everyone. Just about all of my diatribe expressed here goes completely unnoticed, and only serves as a sounding board to what is conjured up within me as I contemplate the world around me, outside the boundaries of my reality. It doesn’t require enlightenment to access the internet, and the statistical analysis of human capacity to understand reveals the majority of humans lack the capacity, interest, or motivation to buy into my thoughts. I’m not too a place in my life where this becomes my life’s work, so allocating sufficient time to broadcast my thoughts isn’t quite practical at this time. For now, I’m sort of collecting notes for future reference as I construct my understanding of what’s at play within our species from the great men and women doing the research and formulating the foundations for future generations to expand upon. It’s this basic acceptance of how life is an accumulative progression for all forms of life, that’s tied to its past by experiences that anchor our assessment of the present, while we formulate a prediction of the future that continually transforms the past we leave behind us. All that’s left to improve that future for more individuals is to increase the capacity for more of us to understand this reality within themselves. Efforts to accomplish this are exponentially more effective and efficient the younger the individual being influenced is. 




All that that being said, yesterday was a Seminole moment for me. I attended my very first TEDx conference. For those of you not aware of this organization, take a look at https://www.ted.com/ to familiarize yourself with the organization and it’s story, mission, and purpose. I was privileged enough to see many local people sharing their ideas through their passionate examples of caring for everyone in a way that mimics the way they care about the ones close to them. The initiative is all about cultivating grand ideas from everyone, instead of some pre-existing segment of society that hold to some type of high esteem.  “Ideas worth spreading” is the mission statement of sorts. https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

Having an idea crafted into a vision supported by a driving passion needs support to gain effective traction to become anything other than a novelty. TED is just than mechanism for lifting ideas to their starting point. My unrelenting passion for lifting the lives of more humans than currently receive a legitimate opportunity needs this type of magnification to ever see any hope for implementation. The die is cast, I just need to construct the functional foundation for building the structure for my vision to reside.






Now that my attention is back to improving the world at large, let’s recap what’s in need of improvement. Well, for starters let’s address the over 30% of the children in a poverty strickened area of Arkansas not even enrolled in the public school system. Yes, that’s nearly 1/3 of a population of children not attending school, oh and it’s free, and comes with a couple of meals to boot. My friend in the juvenile justice system brought this horrific statistic to light for me. These children aren’t truant, or expelled for some reason, they simply aren’t in the system to be recognized. How in the fuck can this happen in 2018 when the political machine in charge is boasting of how great things are? Obviously, it hasn’t slipped into this messed up status in just a couple of years, so both sides of the machine are to blame. Now that we’ve eliminated ideological preferences from the issue, now let’s turn to those projecting the news to the masses. How many reports are there on this topic over the past decade? I’m only able to find a small number of articles that are all very specific to a state of school district, and their references  are to declining enrollment, not undocumented children within a school district. Add this terrible statistic to the underfunded state and local pension plans around the nation, and there is a crisis of sorts looming. The worlds leader in so many aspects of humanity, technology, medicine, and opportunity is slowly slumping into everything the politicians of the present are promising to prevent. 

  “What can be done to change this narrative...?” 


 First and foremost, we have to identify the issues at hand. The public education system isn’t delivering the outcomes claimed by its administrators. This isn’t distorted by one political party anymore so than the other, it’s simply being ignored by both. We are not paying attention as a society to the critical measures of success, because it reflects back upon the parents across multiple generations. The choice was made when I was in school back in the 70’s to give the individual schools and districts accreditation based upon a flawed formula. These same measures remain in place today, yet demographics play a larger role in the resources supporting individual districts. Tax dollars are the life blood for all public education, and thus tie the education system explicably to the government. This funding structure is layered all the way from the local level all the way up to the federal level. 




This identifies the inequities of the quality for supporting education across the country. Given the structure of the revenue sources funding our educational system, why doesn’t the federal participation allow for some measure of equalizing the differences at the state and local level? I’ve yet to identify a single campaign on the Congressional or Executive level, where education funding inequality was mentioned.  K - 12 citizens can’t vote, and their parents don’t bother to involve themselves. Take a look at the voter turnout numbers in your area to identify the actual numbers involved in school board decisions, or funding requests. In my town, we have over 50,000 residents, and typically get around 2,000 votes total involving local school and municipal issues. We approved a $100,000,000.00 bond issue for a variety of stated municipal needs on less than 2,000 votes. This lack of involvement translates to total lack of accountability for tax payers efforts. We simply pour money into a system without measuring or monitoring its purpose relative to its results. If you were personally responsible for the proper allocation of $50,000.00 of someone else’s money, and had to report back to its source for what benefits were actually delivered by that money, would you act as though it didn’t matter? That’s public education in a nutshell. Now, for all of the foreigners reading this, the rhetoric of “Make America Great Again” is the biggest line of shit ever contrived. The opportunity within this system is arguably equally achievable as winning the lottery. Poor uneducated households offer little to no hope of attaining much more than the entitlement handouts that fall from the great wealth as crumbs to disenfranchised. I can write and talk about this until the cows come home (and I will continue to) but, until this problem gains enough attention by enough individuals the problem continues to expand. This dynamic is the sole supporting mechanism for the ultimate issue of humanity creating its own extinction. No generation wants to admit that their offspring will be the last generation. That will never change unless we alter the outcome for an entire generation. Humanity is so preoccupied with the feelings of the present to ever adequately contemplate the real future ahead. 


 How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? https://www.ted.com/talks/charles_c_mann_how_will_we_survive_when_the_population_hits_10_billion


A child born today will be 32 when this future prediction arrives. Exactly how many of the parents for the roughly 200,000 new humans born today even considered these facts before conceiving that child? How many of those 10,000 migrants walking to the United States from the terrible conditions of their homelands considered what their lives would be like prior to the sexual encounter supporting their existence. Why are birth rates 10 times the global average for people living south of the equator, and why is Japan’s population shrinking from its post WWII massive expansion. The only supporting argument for why humanity exists within the dilemma of today is the lack of awareness to the issues at hand by enough people. This is a direct byproduct to education, and also the only solution to altering the future trajectory for the entire species. We have to create a standard of care that elevates more children to a higher level of adult capacity plain and simple. If you feel dumbfounded by this revelation,  you’re in the majority. If you’re concerned about it’s effects on your children, you’re in the very small minority. If you’re compelled to do something about it, let’s start by changing the awareness to at least even on both sides, but ultimately to a majority caring enough to get off their ass and demanding change through accountability of results for the resources allocated to the molding of today’s generation through education. 30% not even enrolled in the school system of any population in one of the most developed societies on the entire planet is absolutely failure by any standard. 





This topic rose to my attention this morning from my wife reading a news blurb on that book of faces about sex trafficking on the rise in our area. The article attributed this to the local branches of the gang culture. I’m not so naive to be surprised by this commentary, yet appalled nevertheless. The majority of all the negative aspects of a culture and society are inexplicably linked through their correlation to lack of education and the subsequent poverty surrounding that circumstance. That’s not the case in this scenario, the underlying precipice for this issue lies beneath the cultural disconnect of an over diversity within the region. Generally speaking, diversity improves any society, but at the margin it’s significantly more volatile. There hasn’t been sufficient curing time for the vast arrays of influences to fully meld into something more refined. Unfortunately, the disparities of those seeking to improve their lives has more of a social presence than their cultural benefits. 



Human trafficking has been an Achilles heel to mankind for as long as civilization has existed. Exploitation of another persons life against their choices is the most fundamental tragedy of our entire story. It boggles my mind to know this total disregard for the value of another humans consciousness has somehow slipped through the cracks of all the social advances we’ve experienced as a species. While officially outlawed in every country worldwide, the underlying issue remains present to this day


  “While slavery was institutionally recognized by most societies, it has now been outlawed in all recognized countries, the last being Mauritania in 2007. Nevertheless, there are an estimated 45.8 million people subject to some form of modern slavery worldwide. The most common form of the slave trade is now commonly referred to as human trafficking. Chattel slavery is also still practiced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In other areas, slavery (or unfree labour) continues through practices such as debt bondage, the most widespread form of slavery today,

(serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage.)”



Knowing this still exists even in what’s considered one of the most advanced societies in the world suggests it may be more prevalent than the above number suggests. These are human lives we’re talking about here. It fully re-enforces that gratitude I realize for the life I have. It also drives within me the urge to try and make things better. I’m not exactly sure how that looks, but it has to start with telling a story of hope and getting more children better access to high quality early childhood development. There can be no better future without more children being developed into better adults.



The message is clear, yet not compelling enough to garner the right attention. There needs to be a delivery method that ties all the inequality to those children, and not the overbearing ideology clouding the vision for change. The children of our planet need a voice to be heard, not drowned out by the buerocracy of the elite ruling mechanisms of nation, state, and religion. A voice so loud and clear that every generation hears it resonate with their particular disposition. No matter what the culturally  biased obstacles may be. All humans want their children to have some sort of chance at life, they simply down understand what that modern opportunity looks like.