Safe

Everyone wants to feel safe and to be safe no matter where he or she lives. They especially want to be safe in their home. They particularly want their spouse and children and other family members to also be and to feel safe where they are. This desire extends to places of work and schools and places of doing personal business and places where them and their children may congregate to play. They would certainly like to be safe and to feel safe where they worship and gather to study their religious books and to pray with their friends. They would like to feel safe while driving on public roads and highways or traveling in various modes of public transportation, including airplanes and cruise ships. They would like to know that the food that they buy at the local market is safe to eat and that the medicine that they get is relatively safe to use. Even individuals who are engaged in dangerous occupations, like those involving military service or police work or fighting fires or rescue operations would like to feel that their training, equipment, and present team members gives them assurance of a reasonable level of safety.

One of the basic responsibilities of any system and level of government anywhere is to provide for the safety of its citizens. They do this through various sets of laws and systems of personnel to manage their enforcement and the establishment of high standards for the purity and safety of all products that are consumed or used by their citizens. And family units that are managed and cared for by mature and responsible adults are and always have been the initial haven of safety for every individual.

But much has been happening recently everywhere throughout the world to make anywhere less than a safe place to be. Groups of people and grown individuals and helpless children are regularly being subjected to violent, illegal, and abusive treatment and risks by other individuals and even their government officials. And one of the most dangerous places to be in the whole world is probably to be in the womb of a woman in the United States. And even natural disasters seem to be on the increase. Commercial media and the various social platforms for the personal sharing of news and activities and experiences make it very obvious that we all are living in a very dangerous world.

Where do you feel safe? What enables you to feel safe where you are and engaged in what you are doing? What more assurances of safety would you like your governments officials to be providing for you and your loved ones? It is good to feel safe and to be safe! Let’s talk about this.

Passion

Being passionate about something is good, and no one appreciates a “cold” lover, not even God. But what are you passionate about?

The Olympic athletes were apparently passionate about their sports, because it obviously took them years of rigorous daily practice to enable them to reach a level of proficiency that would at least allow them to compete in a few minutes of intense competition for a metal that would give them world wide recognition for their achievement. A few of them won such metals, but most of them didn’t. And some of the losers were close to the winning levels of achievement, only missing the “award” levels by a few points or even a millimeter of a second on the timing clock.

Whether we realize it or not, all of us our in intense competitive battles for the achievement and preservation of many “awards” or blessings that are available to us in this life. Some of these are economic benefits that we now are beginning to realize are not automatically achievable by routine hard work. Others are political that no longer seem to be as secure as they once were in the world’s drastically changing political environments. Some may be very personal that are now being threatened by the drastic changes that are taking place in the structure of the family and family relationships in cultures around the world. Some of these battles may just be physical due to the challenges of growing older and becoming less and less vibrant in our physical abilities and energy. And some of these battles probably involve “moral” benefits that are achievable through disciplines of what is “right” while avoiding those that are “wrong”, but the distinguishing marks that separate these qualities are no longer as clear as they once were.

Which of these “battles” or contests are you passionate about? What are you passionately seeking to achieve in your present situation in life? Are you really passionate about personal political freedom from governmental controls and illegal oppression? What would you like to do to preserve the stability of families in your situation? What moral principles are really worth struggling to preserve?

Let’s talk about this. What is the focus of your passion in life? How intense is your effort in the “contests” or “battles”?

Antiques

What are antiques?

Antiques are basically considered to be old items that were created to be used, which are things that are still around after years or centuries of time have passed. Although they may no longer be needed for any useful function, they are still considered to be valuable because they are scarce, that is due to the fact that there are few of them left in any workable or useful condition that could be considered as being “good”. It is this utilitarian function that marks something as an “antique” rather than a piece of “classical” art or valuable painting. And their value may be increased by the presence of any special artistic features in their appearance and any high level of personal quality workmanship in their construction. Such art and workmanship may not be displayed in similar items from current or recent times. Commonly antique stuff is seen in some pieces of old furniture, like cabinets or desks or tables or clocks or lamps or bowls, or this quality of antiquity may be seen in an old well made intricate toy or garment or bed spread.

What antiques do you have?

Do you have some old items of furniture or kitchen utensils that you may have inherited from your grandparents that you no longer use but they are still around, maybe stored in some dark place? You may not even know of its value on the “antique” market, but nevertheless you have kept it, probably for some “sentimental” reason. What are they? Maybe you like to shop for “antiques” in flea markets or look for unusual and interesting items in local garage sales, maybe hoping to strike it rich with a fine that may be “valuable”. Do you do this?

What things of value to you have in your life?

Considering a bigger perspective than just what old items of utilitarian “antique” value that you may have in your life, I invite you to give some consideration to what things in your life have real value because they were especially created, are particularly beautiful, and have proven to be long lasting and very endurable. What such “antiques” or treasures do you have in your life? Let’s talk about this.

Scams

Caught by a scam artist

I’m ashamed to admit that I got caught by a scam artist to whom I gave access to my computer. He claimed to be from Microsoft, and he informed me that my computer had been infected by some viruses that were not removed by my installed security program and that he could remove them for me. I gave him remote access to my computer, and he immediately upgraded my OS and installed a new cleaner program. He seemed to do some work on my computer and gave me a phone number to call if I had any questions. He also gave me the name and phone number for a technical service that could help me fix additional problems, if necessary. He took me to a check form for me to fill out in order to pay for his service. I had never used such a form to pay for any online services or programs before, but I filled it out. Since I accidentally entered the wrong account number for my bank, the transaction was not completed. This prevented him from wiping out our bank account, but I think that he had highjacked my computer. I was able to get my banker to change my bank account and get my local technician to remove all the programs and files that he had downloaded on my computer, so it was once again under my exclusive control and safe to operate. I was very lucky.

Recommendations to avoid scams

Don’t ever give complete personal identification information, particularly bank numbers, to anyone on online whom you don’t know or completely trust. If your computer seems to be encountering problems, run your installed security program to scan for possible causes of any problems and to have it remove the viruses or malware that may be causing them. If that doesn’t improve the operation of your computer, contact a local technician for his or her services. The operation of some features on your computer may just be hampered by unexpected corruptions in specific lines of code in the file where that feature is situated. If that is your situation, the members of 5 Star Support may be able to give you some helpful instructions for eliminating any problems. You can see their website and join their forum here: 5 Star Support. As you follow their instructions, you will remain in control of your computer and hopefully will be able to fix any simple problem. Technicians with your security program may also be helpful if the normal operation of their installed program doesn’t solve your problem. Keep your security program and operating system up to date and use passwords to protect access to important files programs and personal data on your computer.

Conclusion regarding scams

Attacks by scam artists on computers is a very common and serious problem. They are constantly changing their tactics and weapons and improving their skills in their thieving endeavors. Don’t expect a “stranger” to fix your computer from another computer when you don’t know who he or she is or where they are operating from. If you had some encounters with such scam artists, please feel free to add your suggestions for dealing with them to this post. Let’s talk about this. Your insights into this problem could be very helpful.

Feeling good

Feeling good is OK

It is OK to want to feel good. Your body was designed to operate in ways that enable you to feel good. All of your organs were created to work together in harmony and in coordinated ways with each other, even through periods of growth and other normal changes. It is normal and OK for a child to feel some pain and discomfort when he or she is cutting teeth, but a sore throat and spells of coughing are not OK. Such pain and physical reflexes are signs that something is wrong and not good. Unusual and persistent pain is a sign that some part of your body has been injured, is being attacked by some “foreign” element which will probably be labeled as an “infection”, is being subject to unusual stresses or strains, or is in other ways not functioning normally. A certain amount of pain should be considered to be OK if you are pushing your muscles to become bigger so that they can increase their abilities to perform their intended functions, but such “pushing” should still be done within normal ranges of muscular function that ultimately enable you to feel good. A good physical workout should not make you “sick”.

And feeling good is also a mental state

And feeling good is not just a condition of being free from physical pain or discomfort. It is also a mental state of being at ease with your present circumstances and immediate prospects for your future existence. So being free from fear, worry, and persistent anxiety are important factors in your ability to keep feeling good. And persistent emotions of anger and guilt and sorrow can hamper your ability to feel good, and they may even cause physical signs of stress to appear within your body.

And you can make choices regarding what you do to feel good

So you were created with a body that was normally designed to physically and mentally enable you to feel good and to warn you in direct physical and mental ways when you and your body were not operating in ways that could maintain that condition of feeling good. In such circumstances a change in your life style might be required, or maybe some medicine or other chemicals or special nutrients could help your body recover from some unusual problem, or maybe the loving consultation of a relative or friend could help you get through a difficult experience, or maybe you need to consult with God who created you to get his loving instructions regarding how you can live each day in internal harmony feeling good about your circumstances and prospects for each moment of time that you have.

But you will be wise to recognize that not all of the chemicals and things that you can put into your body or do to your body or contemplate with your mind or choose to do are equally good for you or helpful in your specific circumstances. You may need to avoid some foods, give up some drugs, change some habits, and rethink some desires and attitudes that may have led you into circumstances for living that were not conducive for ultimately feeling good but were basically harmful and deadly.

Feeling good may not be easy, but it is possible

A persistent condition of feeling good all of the time is probably not possible, which is why pain can be such a impressive teacher. But if we can learn from what we physically suffer and from our times of mental anxiety and depression, then an ongoing condition of feeling good is possible. What changes in your life style are you willing to make in order to feel good? What loving and wise instructions for living each day with feelings of peace and vitality are you willing to consider in order to feel good? Let’s talk about this.

to blog or not

Should I continue this blog?

Since I’m not receiving much interest in my blog from viewers, I’m wondering whether or not I should continue to take the time and to make the effort to maintain it and to add new posts to it. I have a couple of hundred “subscribers” to it, but I don’t see where many of them are leaving any comments on my posts. I understand that some viewers will not choose to leave comments on any post that they view. I don’t understand why some viewers would make the effort to leave “spam” on one or more of my posts, when it only takes about the same amount of effort to leave a “comment”. And “spam” is only deleted with no benefit to anyone while “comments” are cited and listed with some notice being given to the “commentator”.

I know that my blog is probably not well cited in the social media, but I still recognize that its posts represent matters that are of keen interest to a lot of viewers on the internet. Note particularly these two posts that are currently receiving a lot of attention in our popular media: gun control and banning gay marriages. I’m particularly interested in getting people to talk with me and others about these issues and others and basically what is “good” in their lives. This shouldn’t be a boring matter for any discussions. And I’m not particularly committed to the position that I’m not the only person who has the “right” perspective on these matters, but I welcome civil discussions on these matters.

Let’s talk about these matters. Please let me know if you would like me to continue to publish this blog. I welcome your feedback regarding this blog. Thanks.

Gun control

Why control guns?

Because of the horrific murder of 27 people in Newtown, CNN. our politicians and legislators and other public officials are now considering how they can control access to guns in a way that will restrict their use in acts of violence. And so various groups of such leaders and educators and parents and religious leaders and those who enjoy having and legally using and selling guns are engaged in wordy discussions and debates regarding various aspects of how limiting access to guns or certain types of guns might restrict their use in acts of violence.

Yet all of these people basically recognize that guns do not kill people; people kill people. And all of these people basically recognize that murder, including that committed by the use of a gun, is against our laws. But it is being argued by some people that banning the access to “assault rifles” and other such automatic weapons and their ammunition might reduce the number of mass murders and violent assaults against groups of people in our society. And another official has said that “the only way of stopping a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. And so some officials argue for the placing of more “good” guys or gals with guns in places where people gather, particularly in schools where a lot of helpless children are brought together every day. Yet there was an “armed” guard present at the Columbine High School in Colorado when two heavy-armed young guys assaulted the students and their teachers in 1999, and although he was joined by another armed police officer they were not able to stop these two “bad guys” from killing 15 individuals and wounding 23 others before they committed suicide.

How can we control violent assaults in our society?

Our earlier political leaders gave us an amendment to our Constitution that gave all of us citizens “…the right to keep and to bear Arms” (2nd Amendment). And so we have a nation of citizens who are more heavily armed than any other nation in the world, yet we obviously haven’t been able to control the violence that takes place between our citizens. And some people are suggesting that the passing of more laws may keep some people from committing more acts of violence that are already ruled to be illegal.

It is recognized that the mass murder, even that of three or four individuals, is usually done by someone who has a “mental problem“. Yet it is also recognized that in many of these cases the killer was rational enough or “sane” enough to plan and to carry out the assault before it could be prevented. They were able to hide their plans and their thoughts of violence from others who might have been able to change them.

So the challenge is not just simply how can we control access to guns in our society, but how can we control acts of violence against others in our society or ultimately how can we change thoughts and plans for violent acts in the minds of others as we all seek to live safely and legally with each other in our communities. And the acceptable strategies for the “control” of these matters are far from simple.

What do you think about gun control and violence in our society?

So what are your thoughts or recommendations regarding the access to guns that is the constitutional “right” of every citizen? What are some reasonable ways that we might reduce acts of violence in our society? What practical legal steps should be taken to “control” or otherwise reduce thoughts of violence in the minds of some individuals who can’t think of any other way to resolve their feelings of being mistreated by someone else? Let’s talk about this challenging matter.