Intelligent Minds Thought (rant) of the day:

Great cities and Great countries need GREAT PEOPLE to have BOLD VISION. (And to ENACT or EXECUTE that vision)

Does BOLDNESS & VISION even exist in Politics anymore?

We complain that only politicians RUN for office….not LEADERS….but which do we VOTE for when we get behind the curtain? They all kinda look & sound the same don’t they?

We need great ADMINISTRATORS to keep things in check…..taxpayers need to SEE & FEEL VALUE for the money they ENTRUST to governments at ALL levels. But do they get it?

Do we pander to the people at one end of the political or economic spectrum or the other? It would seem the bulk of the people…those in the middle…would not gain from either policy. Or do they? Does one exist to exist and the other exist to create wealth? Does one only aspire to “scrape by” while the other is willing to step on others to get ahead? Is one “greedy” and the other “lazy”? Are those labels irrelevant? Trickle-down economics…real or imagined? Who knows anymore with everyone sounding like an expert from their anecdotal personal “evidence”.

Do we build more “institutional” agencies and services that are ultimately economically unsustainable long term? Or is that the BOLD VISION that we need? Do we specialize? Do some get left behind? Do we elevate others (intentional or not)? Are taxpayers (current and future) on the hook for it all?

Is the “middle ground” or “happy medium” just another way of saying “lack of vision”?

I don’t know….but I’ve never seen people more separated on the ideologies of worth, value, justice, entitlement, success and issues of “have” and “have not”.

Labeling of “left – center and right” or “socialist -liberal and conservative” seem more separate then ever. Libertarianism seems just as far off a solution as Totalitarianism.

I find it fascinating how wealth and success have been demonized. Hard work, extra effort, sacrifice and strategic career planning is seen as “the problem” when in fact it’s mediocrity, entitlement and lack of goals tied to milestones. Is the problem of ACHIEVING success more of a problem with EARNING it?

“We are the 99%” movement protestors stream inequality from their iphones and their ipads. Is the new face of protest those who simply don’t know how good they actually have it if they just “work it”? It’s very easy to condemn the obviously well-off, imagining all the evil things they must have done to get to their positions. Hard work alone hasn’t paid off for the protestors, so the amount of hard work put into a cause or goal by the upper class must be irrelevant. Perhaps that’s why there is still no actual action plan or goal to achieve from the protestors? It’s hard work. Takes time. Opportunity must be recognized as such and pursued. Sacrifices and compromises must be made. And let’s not forget that the majority of the 99% movement based in the Western World is in fact – the top 10% of income earners when the entire world is considered. The countries with the most rights, the most open minded equality, the best access to education and health care. If you can’t succeed there….then where?

A good friend remarked to me the other day that “change is hard”. He’s right. Absolutely right. So where do we start?

It starts with recognizing that we can’t continue like this. Something has to change. If I may offer a BOLD but very simple solution for consideration. Not a solution really, an observation. Not an observation really, more something to observe.

Appreciation. Gratefulness. Thankfulness.

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.

Everyone wants to change the system. Entitle this group. Demonize another. Give a hand up. Or get a hand-out. I am guilty of thinking all of these thoughts in spades. My views are from my own anecdotal life experiences just like everyone else. This is plainly evidenced in my own writing above as I try to come to grips with the root of our problem(s). But as I age and mature I am slowly realizing that the system is not the problem. We are.

We look to the world around us for inspiration to achieve as much as to place blame for not achieving rather than self actualize who we are, discover what strengths we possess and define what we are going to do with our lives. We’re quick to accept the outsourcing of our innate ability to achieve success and happiness on our own terms rather than take risk and forge our own path. We’re too quick to look at what what others have achieved and want it without thinking of all of the work and preparation that went into getting there. We joke about 30 seconds of fame some receive but it is our collective 30 seconds of focus that is perhaps more the issue in our world of sound bites and 140 characters of so-called genius. I’m not one to quote from the bible but the root of today’s issue of ideological conflict is summed up nicely with our modern world’s failure to heed the following: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

Perhaps the bold new vision our world needs, is not new at all, but one at it’s most basic level is to appreciate what one has and strive to achieve what you want out of life for your own sake and not by looking to others to define it for you.

Daryl Daley – The Philosopher Recruiter
Sr Recruiter – IT Staffing
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