Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You are alive and you know it.

Recognize the finite amount of time that bonds you to your fellow brother and sisters. Our own mortal nature as human beings lays the very foundation for our morals. The very fact that we don't live forever and age over the course of time, is the very reason we must learn to live with each other and treat each other with the decency and respect we deserve.

Go outside, enjoy the rain, enjoy the sun, enjoy the silence, and your thoughts, and for god sakes, enjoy yourself. Release unnecessary anxiety. Close your eyes, and open them, and observe the world around you that is stranger than the weirdest science fiction book known. You aren't imagining anything anymore, this is it! This isn't a dream, this is life! Isn't it gorgeous!

Turn off the television, learn something new and adventurous. Don't ever get bored. I've never been drawn to video games, maybe I'm disenchanted with the withdrawal from reality. I'd rather stare a blank wall for hours. I don't need video games, my life is a video game and I'm the main character! A conversation with a friend means more to me than you could imagine.

Talk with strangers, get rejected, put yourself in an awkward situation, buy coffee for the girl behind you, for god's sake man LIVE! Develop yourself. Make human to human contact. None of this pseudo human nonsense.

Shut the hell up, and just listen. Don't judge....initially, completely envelope yourself into others story. Do not surrender all your energy to them, just relax and listen.

I find it hard to believe in the goodness of humanity when that slow bastard won't get out of the fast lane. But selfishness, greed, and sloth are self destructive and will always bite you hard and haunt you. Regardless of what society tells us, sincerity, truth, and kindness will triumph.

Save yourself years of struggle and failure and fight for something worth your time and effort, visit with your elders. You can never truly change someone, you can only influence them and remember that you will still wake up with yourself in the morning.

Don't burn bridges. Open doors for others. Get in a conversation with a lonely individual. Buy gas for someone. Purchase the lunch for the lady eating by herself. Be the reason someone made it through the day. Do good. Be good. If you can't be good, at least do good. Be content with the fact you will never know entirely the burden you've help alleviate.

Never give up! Never surrender!

I'm not suggesting life will always be hunky dory, and the rainbow will always be glorious, but you shouldn't be as hard on yourself. Your gorgeous with your flaws and all.

Think about God. Experience what it means to come in contact with "nothing." Destroy all mental and physical zones of comfort. It will reprioritize your life like its nobody's business. Scare yourself a little bit. Discover for it yourself. But never forget that what Douglas Adams said, "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

I hope this life becomes everything you've dreamed of. I hope you never compromise your dreams. I hope you never become restless of the world around you. Undoubtedly, this maybe the strangest life you've ever lived.

Remember your past, and let your history embolden your unique position in life. Learn man! Don't be an idiot! Stand up straight, life will tear you apart if you let it. Don't let others call your bluff. Call yourself an idiot before they get the chance to.

You are beautiful. You are a raging spirit trapped in bizarre physical entity. Liberate your spirit through easing others burdens. You are a stranger trapped in a strange land. To echo the words of Kurt Vonnegut, "You are here for one purpose, to fart around, don't let anybody tell you any different."

Smile, others will wonder what the hell your up to. But always remember you are alive and you know it, be happy, and know that you are loved!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Economic theories are not simple dichotomies

By Charles Carter
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Question: After the financial crisis and the recession, which seemed to start with the housing market crash, everyone talks about the pros and cons of financial regulation. The Republicans don’t want regulation, and the Democrats say more regulation is needed.

What do you think in regards to the arguments being made?

Dustin Murphy, Oklahoma City

Answer: I feel much of the talk today is based on a false dichotomy. Let me explain.

Present-day conservatives like to link themselves with Friedrich Von Hayek and refer to themselves as followers of the “Austrian school” of economists. This, they believe, shows opposition to Paul Krugman and modern day liberal economists and opposition to the teachings of John Maynard Keynes.

Keynes is credited with founding the basis of macroeconomics by which governments use fiscal and monetary measures to minimize harsh effects of business cycles.

Both Von Hayek and Krugman received Nobel prizes in economics, in 1974 and 2009 respectively, while Keynes, having died before these prizes were first awarded in 1968, was awarded a title by the King of England for accomplishments during his lifetime. He was officially titled Lord (1st Baron) John Maynard Keynes. All three men are truly great economists.

Here’s what the pundits say: Keynes and Krugman want regulation and governmental control, while Von Hayek and the Austrian school want free markets rather than regulation. Krugman calls himself a liberal, and Von Hayek called himself a conservative. Both are great economists, so it’s evidently safe to choose one over the other. Right? This is the supposed dichotomy, but it is a false dichotomy.

The phenomenon Von Hayek didn’t like and didn’t want was central planning. Central planning is indeed very different from and detrimental to free-market capitalism.

Having lived a very long span of time, there was a point in his early life when he favored a mild form of socialism or central planning. This was after the First World War, when societies in Austria and Germany suffered dearly. After that point, he was fervently against any form of central planning, and he probably overstated his case in reaction to his earlier views.

Today, after the fall of the Soviet Union, there are few who seriously argue that central planning works, with the possible exceptions of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

What Krugman is worried about are the forces that can make for monopoly or oligopoly instead of competition, also different from and detrimental to free-market capitalism. To say that Krugman and Keynes want central planning, not a “level playing field” where businesses can thrive and compete of their own initiative, is a gross misstatement.

All three economists want free markets and are aware of the benefits of free markets, what Adam Smith called “the invisible hand” that made for countries’ industrialization.