BALANCE LIFE & DEATH

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For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction ~ Isaac Newton

 

Life is a game of balance that is focused on the 4 major aspects of your life

 

  1. The Physical
  2. The Emotional
  3. The Education
  4. The Spiritual

 

The Physical condition gets the most attention because if you’re fat it shows. If you are unclean it smells.  If you are not solid it effects the other 3 aspects of your life.  There are two ways to establish your physical condition.  A healthy diet and exercise.  The “Key” to managing those two aspects is dependent on the other three aspects.

 

When our emotions are out of balance we tend to over eat or not eat at all. If the conditions are unsustainable; enter drugs and alcohol.  These will destroy your physical condition and make you sick.

 

When our educational condition becomes clouded, we do not make smart choices. We allow our vices to affect our physical condition.  We know a glass of red wine has 400 calories but by our third glass, who cares?  If not properly educated you will pay a non-monetary price for eating that bacon wrapped pizza.

 

When we neglect our spiritual properties; we stray from caring about right from wrong. See above abuses which also arise from not being spiritually grounded.

 

The Emotional Condition

 

Again, the other three aspects of life affect your emotions. If you are physically undesirable, you will become insecure.  Insecurity leads to poor choices (education) and neglect of your spiritual existence.

 

The Education Condition

 

The more educated you are in this world, the more you are aware of. Why? Because you know the cause and effect behind those decisions.  Educated people think three dimensionally.  This allows them to avoid or at least minimalize unintended consequences.  We gather knowledge in the classroom but more so by experience.  The latter (although more memorable) is less forgiving.  If your Wechsler (I.Q.) score is under 100; life might be tough. It could mean the difference between “hard” work and “smart” work.

 

The Spiritual Condition

 

I’m not referring to your dogma or religious beliefs, but if you are aware of the existence of a part of your person which is connected to another dimension you are lucky to be scrapping the surface of spirituality. Your spiritual life is based on an understanding of that which cannot be defined.  It helps you understand right from wrong.  It is your foundation for choosing righteousness over evil.  It is the bond that is responsible for the phenomena called love.  The opposite of love is not hate.  It is apathy.  It takes feelings to hate someone or something, feelings are generated by your spiritual belief system.  You can measure your spirituality by your body’s vibration. (Hz).  Low vibrational humans occupy our prisons or haven’t been caught yet.  Low vibrational humans are attracted to the darkness of life.  Unlike “high” vibrational humans, low vibrational humans are dark.  In religious literature, one of the seven sins is “Sloth”.  This another word for laziness.  As sentient creatures we can only look to the ancient writings or listen to our inner voice which I’ll refer to as a conscience.  The low vibrational spirits have learned to ignore their conscience.  High vibrational spirits go through life by following their consciences and the writings of those who claimed to have followed deities.  (God)

 

If there are any unbalances in your life; let it be an excess in your spiritual life as it is the only thing that connects you to the next dimension. Some say we all have invisible silver cords that attach our spirits to the “other side”.  When we die, those silver cords are severed and our spirits are collected in another place.  Your spiritual life is the most important aspect of your life.

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If your physical life is not in Olympic balance, you will die sooner; however we will all die a physical death. If we let our emotions guide our life, we will make poor, sometimes regretful decisions but the worst thing that will happen is that it will lead to apathy and affect your spiritual belief system.

 

Neglecting the educational condition of your life will make you a target. You will often make poor choices.  Conversely, the over educated often does so at the cost of their social skills.  The highly educated and highly uneducated do so at the cost of their emotional condition.  Both can lead to a life of insecurity.  Without the spirit keeping your life in balance, you will be the one known as the “Know it all” or the “Idiot”.  But keep in mind, Harvard Graduates have ruined the United States while some of America’s greatest Heroes were high school drop outs.

 

Summary:

 

Your spirit is the only thing you take with you when you go. Prioritize it!  A good heart, mind and brain will help you develop that spirit.  But excess and neglect tend to ruin almost everything earthly.  Fear not the physical death, but fear today the suggestion of a spiritual death.

 

 

THERE IS NO PAST OR FUTURE

Time

 

“Time is simply a tool invented by man to measure the progress of man”.

 

Let me start this post by saying that I’ve been “not well” since the end of the Holiday season. I was on a medication that was tearing my body apart.  It was literally making my muscles tear or “Inflame” my ligaments.  I was unable to walk twice for a period of 3 days each and spent most of the last month in bed and when I could walk, I did not have the motivation to write.

 

Let me give it a try. So rather than talk about relationships or politics, I’ve decided to pick something easy like Theoretical Physics.  In 1970 (or there abouts) I was in one of many automobile accidents.  My father was driving and I was in the front passenger seat.  Neither of us saw it coming until this 56 Buick came barreling into the wheel well just two feet in front of me.  At that moment……….. Time slowed down to a Nano-second crawl. I recall in slow motion my father losing control of the steering wheel and flying towards the point of impact.  (I use to make great catches at shortstop, but this probably my greatest catch ever) I caught my dad, who weighed about 160 pounds, and put him back behind the steering wheel.  He outweighed me by about 40 pounds.  I was in my early teens.  When we returned to “real time”, the next thing I saw was our car heading towards a Stop sign and the stop sign flying towards our wind shield/screen.

 

In 1926 Albert Einstein wrote an article on space-time. His claim was that time was woven in to the fabric of space. Have you ever wondered how “Time flies” when you’re ignoring it?  Have you ever noticed how time stands still when you’re waiting in line to have your motor registered?  I believe time is more subjective than objective.

 

Nobody really knows what time it is.

 

What inspired me to talk about something I’m completely unqualified to talk about? I did study a little bit of Bio-Physics at Stanford University, but I do not have a formal background in Physics.  I majored in Business Administration so I could be a smarter musician.

 

What bothered me is how melancholy we get when we think about “The past” aka “The good old days”. I got an email from a company that has made a fortune out of nostalgia.  It’s an online website that connects you with your high school classmates. We find some sort of satisfaction in reliving in our minds what we once experienced.

 

Let me ask you this one question. Yes we all go through biological changes.  You can call it aging or, you can call it biological changes.  Does time change us; or do we change ourselves.  What slowed down my POV in that car crash?  Was is an enzyme in my brain allowing me to take note of every Nano-second of action?  Or was my brain aware of the entire event happening? (And What was responsible for that?)

 

I’m convinced Space-time is as real as our imagination. Time is a motivator. How does one measure motivation?

 

Time is like being on a tread mill. You go nowhere, but your body changes. The earth spins like a treadmill and just as sweat drips off our body, we go through a series of changing events.  Why is a life “Time” for a human roughly 70 years while a fly lives 3 days?  What we call time is strictly an abstract term.  Next episode will be about parallel universes.  Naw just kidding.

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I need to apologize to my higher power which I will openly refer to as God.  In my post I said “Time” does not heal, but people heal themselves.  I stand grossly mistaken.  God heals our bodies and our minds.  God supplies the healing tools for us to use to heal with.  Time does not heal; God heals.

HEAVEN OR HELL?

Heaven or Hell

(I have no Idea what the ether looks like or I can’t remember)

Many “believers” have a set of rules and a central figure in the church (Pastor, Preacher, Minister etc…) who is responsible for processing these rules so that the common human can understand them.

 

We are lucky that much of what was said in the beginning of most “religions” were written down.  The Christian faith and its’ many off-springs all seem to have their own take on the writings, known as the dead sea scrolls that were found preserved in  caves on the west Bank of the Jordan River, between 1946 and 1956.

 

But in the writings found by the author Matthew, he quotes Jesus as saying that on Judgment day (Let me paraphrase) Many pseudo-believers who did good things in Christ’s name will come to Christ for judgment and will be told: “depart from me you who practice lawlessness for I never knew you”.

 

I ask: “What does it take to get Christ to know me”? (In a positive way).

 

You can’t get to know someone until you communicate with them.  You can’t communicate with someone until you acknowledge them.  This is difficult if you can’t see them, isn’t it?  So we’re called on to use a non-tangible gift we’ve been given called faith.  Faith is the belief in the existence of something that you cannot see, smell, feel, taste or touch. Faith is a tool of the spirit!

 

A good example is gas. (Meaning vapors)  I’ve been in tactical training and was led into a room with a gas mask on.  I couldn’t see the gas. It just seemed hot being in a sealed room in what they call Indian summer. (September).  I was ordered to remove my mask.  That is when I realized that what you can’t see is as real as that which you can see.

 

Jesus said he would always be there for us until the end of time.  When we die, we will take off our masks.  Until then, wear your mask and know that a greater power exist that is inviting conversation. Instead of tear gas, it is your God, your source energy, your maker.

 

Why?

 

Because Christ said: “Depart from me for I never knew you”.  Do you understand the critical importance of the last four words?  Jesus is saying that on Judgment day, he must know you or you’ll get shown the door. (Or the darkness)

 

The apostle Paul once said in a letter to the Philippians (1:21) that “For me; to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Paul knew Christ although he never met him in the physical body.  It’s kind of like you and I.  Paul was blinded by a light and Jesus spoke to Paul (who was going by the name Saul) Paul only had audible proof of this entity we call Jesus.  Paul used to persecute Christians.  So Jesus blinded him and asked him: “Paul why do you persecute me”?  Then He told Paul where to go to get his vision back.  This made a believer out of Paul.

 

I think sometimes it takes a miracle for us to use our faith to confirm the existence of God.  Thomas Jefferson once said: Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, He must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear“.  I might add, when doing this, keep an open mind, but not so open you trip over your brain.

 

If you ask Jesus to show you a sign; you will get one. (But only if you really want one)  But just as you wouldn’t go up to any stranger who claims to be someone important, you wouldn’t approach them and say: “Prove to me that you are Warren Buffet”.   You would ask from a point of humility: “Sir are you Warren Buffet the millionaire”?  If you’re lucky he would show you his driver’s license.  (If he didn’t have his bodyguards throw you in the bushes)

 

The key to establishing a relationship with the Holy Trinity is to put forth an effort to understand the Trinity.  The more interest you show in wanting to know Jesus, the more Jesus will notice you.  In time Jesus will throw you a bone. Keep in mind, when doing this; you should try and do it from the spiritual realm of your existence. (And a humble approach)  This is why professors make lousy believers.

 

This is why Christ said it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  That statement had nothing to do with money or animals but everything to do with understanding the condition or attitude of your spiritual existence.  When you die, all that will remain of you will be the energy that comprised your spirit and a legacy of some sort.  What matters is your spirit.  It’s your eternal existence.

 

If you are more concerned when the clock runs out about your portfolio in the stock market than you are about your relationship with Christ in the afterlife, that camel will start to get mighty small or the needle eye will get quite large.  You get the idea.

 

There are no millionaires in heaven and there are no homeless in heaven.  If your spirit is welcomed in heaven, you will look back on this pathetic physical life and shake your head.

You’ll know when you know Christ.  When someone asks: “Why are you a Christian”? Your answer will not be because I fear Hell.  It should be quite the opposite.  It should be: “Because Christ has been the only true meaningful and reliable relationship I could count on in my physical life”.   If you have that attitude and believe it, you are on the right track.

 

Dealing with the Death of a Sibling

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My brother served on the bottom 2 ships

I served on the small “Tin Can”

I haven’t written for a while because my brother died unexpectedly exactly a month ago today.  I was estranged from my brother for 6 years as was his son.  My closest sibling wasn’t a very nice guy.  He wasn’t a bad guy or a villain; he just had his demons which kept him from living in a sane state of consciousness.  (Translated- He believed his own lies).  He and his selfishness were responsible for more than a few ruined lives.  When confronted about his ex-wife’s suicide he responded: “I’m sorry for your loss”.  The only thing missing was the form letter. 

 

I’m heading down a road that took me a month to avoid.  I didn’t want to write a hit piece on my brother or anyone who is dead and cannot defend themselves’.  I’ve spent the month trying to remember times when we were brothers.  I can’t seem to find any truly good times.  I’ve known about my brother’s demons since I was 15.  I overheard a blatant lie and it puzzled me.  Not wanting to create confrontation, I let it go, but I knew from that point on that something was wrong with this person. He’s the only person I’ve ever known that was living in their own separate world.  Sadly/joyfully, he brought another human into this world.  In spite of his father’s demons, his son persevered and is making the best of a less than perfect situation. 

 

Before I forget, let me say that my brother enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968.  He spent the next 20 years or so climbing his way up the enlisted ladder.  I joined in 1973 out of necessity. At one point in our relationship, his ship (a Cruiser) was tied up next to my ship (a Destroyer). There was a time when I had to cross his ship to get to my ship. I asked the quartermaster on his ship to call my brother to the quarterdeck.  That was a snapshot in time when I felt like I actually had a brother.  We sat in front of the bridge and had a “smoke”.  Actually he smoked while I sat and watched.  I was a doc and tried to set a good example for my fellow crewmen. (I always hated cigarette smoke)  But that was one memorable time.  But while speaking to a fellow Vietnam Vet yesterday; something dawned on me.  My brother served our country for over two decades. How he made it to the top rung of the ladder I’ll never know.  Perhaps life without the military was too much for him to handle.  Perhaps some people need constant discipline to keep them on track.  Once he left the Navy, the wheels came off the track. I can say without reservation that giving your country 20 years of your life is a Noble sacrifice.

 

When I was awakened 30 days ago and informed of my brother’s death; I said: “Oh really”? (There was a different crisis going on and my brother’s death came without warning). Then I went back to sleep.  I hadn’t spoken to my brother in over a decade.  I hadn’t communicated with him via cyberspace for over 6 years.  He had no problem with it nor did I.  You see I knew his secrets.  One thing people enjoy is avoiding those who know their secrets.  So I felt the grieving process would be minimal.  I tried to make it a formality but if you’ve lived with someone for 15 years and for a majority of that time you “Looked up to them”, you’re going to have some feelings that bond you to them.

 

I think over the course of the month, I went through the various stages of grief but in abstract ways.  In many ways, losing someone you really didn’t care a lot for is harder than losing someone you truly felt was a loved one. You can grieve, go through the pain and move on.  When someone dies that you felt was just using up oxygen on this planet, you’re haunted by Albert Einstein’s comment that: “Within each of us lies a genius”.

 

My life was changed by both the writings of Dr. Stephan R. Covey and meeting the man. After reading his first book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, I had to run out and buy everything I could from the man.  If you ask me what my most memorable moment was with Dr. Covey I would say it was meeting him and thanking him for changing my life.  It was a meet and greet and I was in a long line so I quickly shook his hand and blurted out: “Thank you for changing my life”.  He had let go of my hand then said: “No! Wait”, he got up, took my hand and said: “No son, Thank you”. 

 

Dr. Covey died in 2012.  For me the Mayan Calendar did stand still when I got the news.  I cried secretly to myself.  My eyes are watering up as I write this.  I knew my brother almost 60 years and went back to sleep.  When I heard of Dr. Covey’s death, I did something out of character; I had a drink.  I had quit drinking and the alcohol didn’t help.  Dr. Covey was still dead and still is. That was the last taste of alcohol I had back in July of 2012.

 

If you lose someone you were close to, allow yourself to feel the loss.  You may not cry a river, but if your eyes want to moisten somewhat, allow them to.  Should your behavior become erratic, understand that you have a “sub-conscious mind”.  It gets to take control every now and then.  Life is complicated.  We will never know all of the answers.

 

I do know that obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off the destination.  Don’t let grief become your focus.  Just recognize it and keep heading towards your destination in life.  Do not let yourself get hung up on whether or not you’ve suffered enough to move on.  We feel guilt for not suffering. Don’t!  When I contacted my nephew (my Brother’s son) who is now in his 30s, we both said we felt bad that we didn’t feel worse. The truth is, you will grieve as much as you are supposed to grieve. Keep your destination in mind and keep the rudders pointed in that direction.

 

  

 

THE JOURNEY PART 2

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If you want to learn what your earthly experience is about, I strongly suggest reading the Old Testament Book Ecclesiastes which was written by King Solomon the son of King David. (As in David and Goliath or David and Bathsheba or David, a man after God’s heart) I believe King David to be the example of what a human can hope to become. Another human would be Jesus the Christ or Messiah. Unlike Christ, King David was not of the divine Trinity. He was a man that was not exempt from sin; but he knew God and accepted the consequences of his sins. David longed to be a Godly man, but his human circumstances lets us know that even the most righteous amongst humans is not immune to the temptations of Satan. As a human, the young David showed faith by saying: “Hey, I’m not going to sit and let that Philistine with a pituitary glandular problem talk trash about my God”. David was a kid and he stood up to the Philistine Warrior who “weighed in” at an estimated at 9’6″. (nine feet and six inches tall) The kid took on the challenge while King Saul cowardly “lead from behind”.

King Solomon on the other hand is the son of the Giant slayer. He inherits David’s kingdom and also is credited with building the Temple. In his book, Solomon talks about everything he did to get a buzz. From Concubines (The King’s girl toys) to conquering other armies. And what does Solomon have to say about his accomplishments? In short: “The one who dies with the most toys is………dead”. He goes on to say that someone (like him) will come along that did not build the temple and will not appreciate it either. In the New American Standard version of the Bible (The same as the King James minus the “Thees” and “Thous” uses the term “Vanities”. Solomon says “All is Vanity” in the watered down “Good News” version, it uses the phrase “Chasing the wind”. As in: “All is useless, like chasing the wind”. The book Ecclesiates is about your purpose on earth. He surmizes that in the end, your relationship with God is all that matters. Is this like having a mother that takes pre-natal vitamins when she is pregnant with you? Is this like learning at a young age to take notes in class rather than pass notes? Is this like trying to understand and learn from your homework than just “getting it done”?

 

At a point in your life where you finally make the mountain curve, you realize that looks, health and eventually wealth are “fleeting”. Even the attractive sins lose their magnetism. If not you continue to go off the side of the mountain and in doing so, take others with you. I honestly believe that this is a result of tuning out your higher vibration. (AKA wisdom)

 

There are two types of people. Those who only believe what they can see and touch and those who realize that a creator that can make a system that works so perfectly would not let the story end with His creation that shows love for Him turning to dust. Again, I could write a blog on why people refuse to believe in an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God.

So What Are the 3 Destinations after 7 or 8 decades of biological living?

 

Hell no we won’t go:

I call these spirits the confused, frightened or just lost. Not lost as in God has forgotten about them. The higher power will see everyone at judgment. If you’re smart you will not look up. Keep looking at your toes and be as humble as you possibly can. If you want to connect with the “Hell no we won’t go” crowd; go visit the Old Washoe Club in Virginia city NV. (Or any popular haunted location). I’ve seen too many legit non-believers who confess that there are intelligent entities that exist without human bodies. Spirits or “Ghosts” do try to hang on to the earthly realm. There excuses may be that they fear judgment and do not want to face the Judge. Some don’t know that they’re dead in the earthly realm. Most do not want to accept that they are dead and hesitate to walk into the light.

 

  1. Hell

I’ve read and heard wild testimonies of former non-believers that were fortunate enough to experience a near death experience. One said he was being spread over a burning abyss with ropes attached to all 4 extremities. Another saw what he said looked like a monitor. (A large alligator sized lizard) with red eyes. If you want more vivid descriptions, I strongly suggest you go to http://www.NDERF.org . I could stay up all night reading about people who had out of Body Experiences and lived to talk about it.

 

  1. Heaven:

The typical story of the believer who died for a brief time and lived to tell about it said they didn’t want to come back. Their stories go like this:

Any pain to be suffered comes first. Instinctively you fight to live.  That is automatic.

 

It is inconceivable to the conscious mind that any other reality could possibly exist beside the earth-world of matter bounded by time and space. We are used to it. We have been trained since birth to live and thrive in it. We know ourselves to be ourselves by the external stimuli we receive. Life tells us who we are and we accept its telling. That, too, is automatic, and to be expected.

Your body goes limp.

Your heart stops.

No more air flows in or out.

You lose sight, feeling, and movement, although the ability to hear goes last. Identity ceases. The “you” that you once were becomes only a memory.

 

There is no pain at the moment of death.

 

Only peaceful silence . . . calm. . . quiet.

 

But you still exist.

 

It is easy not to breathe. In fact, it is easier, more comfortable, and infinitely more natural not to breathe than to breathe. The biggest surprise for most people in dying is to realize that dying does not end life. Whether darkness or light comes next, or some kind of event, be it positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, expected or unexpected, the biggest surprise of all is to realize you are still you. You can still think, you can still remember, you can still see, hear, move, reason, wonder, feel, question, and tell jokes ? if you wish. You are still alive, very much alive. Actually, you’re more alive after death than at any time since you were last born. This is different; different because you no longer wear a dense body to filter and amplify the various sensations you had once regarded as the only valid indicators of what constitutes life. You had always been taught one has to wear a body to live.

 

If you expect to cease to exist when you die you will be disappointed.

 

The only thing dying does is help you release, slough off, and discard the “jacket” you once wore (more commonly referred to as a body).

 

When you die you lose your body.

 

That’s all there is to it.

 

Nothing else is lost.

 

You are not your body. It is just something you wear for a while, (Like your mother’s uterus) because living in the earth-plane is infinitely more meaningful and more involved if you are encased in its trappings and subject to its rules.

 

WHAT DEATH IS

 

There is a step-up of energy at the moment of death, an increase in speed as if you are suddenly vibrating faster than before. Using radio as an analogy, this speed-up is comparable to having lived all your life at a certain radio frequency when all of a sudden someone or something comes along and flips the dial. That flip shifts you to another, higher wavelength. The original frequency where you once existed is still there. It did not change. Everything is still just the same as it was. Only you changed, only you speeded up to allow entry into the next radio frequency on the dial.

 

As is true with all radios and radio stations, there can be bleed-overs or distortions of transmission signals due to interference patterns. These can allow or force frequencies to coexist or commingle for indefinite periods of time. Normally, most shifts up the dial are fast and efficient; but, occasionally, one can run into interference, perhaps from a strong emotion, a sense of duty, or a need to fulfill a vow, or keep a promise. This interference could allow coexistence of frequencies for a few seconds, days, or even years (perhaps explaining hauntings); but, sooner or later, eventually, every given vibrational frequency will seek out or be nudged to where it belongs. You fit your particular spot on the dial by your speed of vibration. You cannot coexist forever where you do not belong.

 

Who can say how many spots there are on the dial or how many frequencies there are to inhabit. No one knows.

 

You shift frequencies in dying. You switch over to life on another wave-length. You are still a spot on the dial but you move up or down a notch or two.

 

You don’t cease to exist when you die. You shift your consciousness and speed of vibration.

 

That’s what death is, . . a shift.

 

Some NDErs say they felt free. They say they saw a tunnel that they were drawn to. Once in the tunnel, they saw a bright light. Brighter than Xenon and it expressed the emotion of pure love. Love is a common theme that most who survive near death experiences talk about. (Those who get to enter into the bright light). Those who experience the other place say they experienced fear, regret and darkness. Many say they are greeted by relatives who have passed. One then tells them it’s not their time, or, a deity gives them the choice of staying or going back. It’s at this time they must weigh the consequences of possibly leaving your children parentless or going back to suffer the rebuilding process and even going through the rest of your life looking like the elephant man. Your decision will weigh on your ultimate destination regardless. Did you go back for yourself? Did you go back for your children or spouse? Did you stay because you knew you would face great physical pain upon returning. Did you go back to seek salvation? Remember, every action has an opposite re-action.

 

You ultimately choose your destination. If I gave you a choice of two gifts; the first being the largest winning lotto ticket in history and the second a guaranteed place in heaven, which would you pick? If you have to think about it, you’re not right with God.

 

I don’t know about the 7th realm of heaven or what judgment day will be like. I do know that we live and we die a physical death. I choose to believe that after our physical death our spiritual existence is all that is left. I’ve heard we will get new bodies free of sickness or illness. Again, that is hearsay. I’ve chosen to be with my creator. I am doing whatever I can do to get the attention of my creator.

In the New Testament,

Jesus is quoted as saying in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

~ “but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter”.   Conversely; “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness”.

It would seem Jesus must know you, and perhaps for doing the will of His Father.

THE JOURNEY PART 1

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~ “the most important thing you learned in school was not WHAT you learned rather HOW to learn”

 

When you were waiting to be born on the other side as pure spiritual energy, I’m guessing there were spiritual coaches telling you to watch out for Nigerian Princes that would let you in on their gold that was being held in customs by the Nigerian government scam.  They probably told you how wonderful the womb would feel as all you had to do was pick a parent that wasn’t a crack head or pot head.  You probably were told to remember that you had a spiritual version of yourself that was pure energy, and that you would occupy a carbon based biological version of yourself that was designed by the great Higher Power (We’ll use the term God) to be fruitful and multiply.  Because God has respect and love for His creations, your spiritual conscious knowledge was erased prior to your conception.  This was to keep anything from corrupting your learning experience.  God calls this “Free Will”.

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So you sat in your mother’s womb getting everything you needed through this umbilical cord.  I truly believe this is why the concept of socialism comes so easy to people.  It’s natural for all humans to get something for nothing.  (That’s presuming that you’re not aborted and harvested for your fetal parts).  You will note that all humans are not created equal.  As you are nurtured, you feel (and fill) the need for productivity or manifest your love for sloth.

They (science) say, that babies that have mothers that take prenatal vitamins and actually read to their “bun in the oven” produce smarter children. So all of these precautions prepare the unborn for life after the womb.  It is a magnificent advantage.

You sit waiting in your mother’s uterus.  The temperature is perfect, you get everything you need to live through a life line called the umbilical cord.  If you want proof of this amazing life line, reach down and feel your belly button.(Umbilicus)  That was where your umbilical cord was attached.  Perhaps (If you could remember such thoughts) you were wondering if you would die without the use of your attachment to your mother. You wondered: “Is there life after the womb and cord”? Perhaps you struggled to hold on to the advice you were given on the other side.  Does this explain why some children are born and require very little guidance while other babies are born and must be civilized and have mores (pronounced Mor-rays) inculcated day after day?

The day of birth comes and goes.  The amniotic fluid that kept you alive for 9 months has now been drained from the pool.  As this happened, your quarters began to shake.  In Hebrew, this shaking is referred to as a “Shemitah” (Pronounced Schmee-tah).  It is the seventh year of the Hebrew calendar.  The last day of the Shemitah year is Elul 29.  For those of you interested in economy; We are in a  Shemitah year and coming up on Elul 29 next month on September 13th.  It’s a Sunday.  But unlike past Shemitahs, this Shemitah is the 7th out of 49 years which leads to what was called the “Jubilee”.  (Look it up) So as the womb started shaking or “contracting”, the paradigm was:

“Everybody out of the pool”. 

So both you, then your umbilical cord slid down the water slide into warm blankets. Your power pack (or placenta) is the last one out.  A clamp was put on your life cord, then your cord was tied off with a white ligature that looks like tennis shoe laces.  Minutes later, your mom would expel your now needless “placenta”.

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So life didn’t end after you outgrew your womb without a view.  In fact, quite the contrary.  It had just begun.  Although you didn’t know it at the time, instead of sitting up watching “Gilligan’s Island”, you were sent to a new place where other kids your age went.  It was this place called “School”.  This is most likely where you discovered the concept that all men were not created equal. Some kids had red colored hair.  Some kids had brown skin.  Some kids could see the writings on the chalk board. (Something you might not have noticed until you stood up next to the large green structure).

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For the next 13 years, your life consisted of preparation.  You didn’t know it at the time.  How on earth would you ever find use for the Pythagorean theorem?  Why would I care if the square root of 144 was 12?  How come nobody ever told Einstein that i comes before e except after c?

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By the sixth grade (or grade 6 for my Canadian friends) you begin to think of school as just a job.  Learning was work.  Little did you know that the same thought process would help you figure out how to program a remote control device.  At this point, it is imperative to have some type of guidance.

There are those who are blessed like James Leininger III who knew at the age of 4 what they wanted to be.  Young James wants to fly FA-18s.  Then again James is one of the most documented modern day “past life experiences” on record.  He is supposedly the re-incarnation of James Huston Jr. who was a young Corsair pilot shot down in the south Pacific during WWII.  But very few of us have that kind of direction. (or recall) At the age of 11, without direction you are a sailboat in the wind without a rudder nor anchor.  For 13 years you go with the flow until the reality comes that you need to become accountable and responsible for yourself.  All of a sudden, you start wishing you could go back to the third grade and take it seriously.  You finally get it.  Even without direction, if you have advanced tools in education (Which is getting harder and harder to acquire with many of your instructors being pot heads) you will find yourself working at “Waste Management” but you (my educated friend) will not be shoveling garbage,

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rather signing the paychecks at the front office.  There in lays the difference between achieving in class and sleeping in class.

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Don’t think it ends there.  Even if you go to a community college to try to heal your poor highschool grades, and you understand the Pythagorean theorem inside and out as well as the Magna Carta, you realize that your time on this planet or dimension is short.  Once you realize that the most important thing you learned in school was not what you learned rather how to learn, you start to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  Just as our time in the womb was brief, so is our time in the body.  Just as there was another dimension after the womb, you must wonder if the process continues?

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Even more important, knowing what we know now about the value of learning and preparation, ask yourself how important it is to prepare for the next dimension?  I don’t know about 72 virgins or passing go to collect 200 in Karma and a new re-incarnated Buddhist body until I reach Nirvana; but I have been taught the tale of three dimensions after this one. Heaven, Hell and “Hell no we won’t go” 

(the paranormal)

Please come back for Part II

 

THE DEMISE OF THE BABY BOOMER & MAN

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Who are the baby boomers? 

If you were born between 1946 (The year after WWII ended) and 1964 (The year after JFK’s life ended) You are a baby boomer.

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If you were born in the North Eastern United States during this period, the chances are, many of you fell victim to the paradygm of turning 17 then getting a job at the local steel mill, coal plant or perhaps move to Michigan and get a job putting bumpers on 63 Chevy Impalas.  If you chose to go to college, you came out with an entry level job in management at Ford, AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) or Boehing.  (Making Cars, Steel beams or Passenger Airplanes).

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This was the epitome of the Technical revolution.  The problem with Technical revolutions is that they have a built in self destruct mechanism called the technocratic state.  It’s the beginning of singularity.  (The replacement of humans with techology)  At a certain point, technology dominates production, making human labor obsolete.

In a cruel way, the cost of getting America from the industrial revolution to the technocratic state was literally “HARD BACK BREAKING WORK”.  Let’s take the installation of a windshield or “screen” on a 1966 Caddilac.  It took 4 very strong individuals to lift the hunk of glass into place and a 5th person called a “foreman” to say: “A little more to the left”.  This was a very difficult and potentially deadly/costly procedure if not done correctly.

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Some heavy lifting vocations are still unavoidable 

 

robot arm

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Today a robotic arm has done away with the 4 beer drinking blue collar wage earners and a 100 pound female can guide the robotic arm with very little motion or strength.  Thus we had the beginning of singularity.  In some cases, robotic arms have done away with the need for a heart surgeon present in Truckee California.  As laparoscopic surgery can be done remotely once an online connection has been established from the rural areas of California to the Mayo Clinic across the nation.

 

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NCR was a product that was invalualble in the 60s.  It stood for “No-carbon paper-required”. Documents were once required in triplicates.  At first this meant writing the report 3 times.  Someone then invented “Carbon paper”.  It was a semi-reusable page of ink. You stuck a sheet under the original document and it would copy it onto the next page. 3 copes was about the limit as you had to press really hard to make the original document transfer to the next form. Soon this wonderful invention called NCR came out.  So forms that would have to be filled out using two sheets of carbon paper now only had to be filled out once.  Where did NCR forms go?  The Smithsonian Institute.

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Where did the 4 blue collar heavy weight windshield lifters go with their herniated lumbar discs?  Social Security Disability.

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We have a Hen vs. The Egg scenario when it comes to disability.  One can easily place blame on the anemic Obama economy in 2008 along with the massive job loss numbers, due to the uncertainty resulting in the socialist move towards Obamacare.  At the same time, the shrinking middle class can arguably be attributed to the technocratic shift and the inability of the blue collar worker to abuse his or her body any longer.  The most commonly prescribed medication in America today is some form of the “narcotic” or “Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammitory drug” (NSAID).  Medications like Hydrocodone or Oxycodone have been the destination for many who spent a great deal of their lives doing intense and repetitive heavy lifting.  It wasn’t until the late 1970s that low back supports were mandated for employees lifting over 20 pounds.  Also in the early 1980s, the “Carpal Tunnel Release” procedure was amongst the most common worker’s comp. surgeries performed.  This is a condition where the large ligament that runs from your thumb to your pinky, becomes scarred and painful.  Once the pressure on the “Tunnel” created by the compromised ligament is released, the main nerve that runs down the palm side of your hand(The Median nerve) is restored and numbness and pain is relieved.  This condition or “Syndrome” was mainly noticed in meat workers such as butchers or chicken carvers.  You can imagine the pressure used to hold a carving knife firmly.

As the computer became ubiqitous; more and more cases of carpal tunnel syndrome were reported.

FUTURE GENERATIONS

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There is good and bad news for future generations.  The good news is that “occupaional medicine” has become an important discipline of medicine reducing the needless injuries to manual laborers.  At the same time, the advancements in computer technology have made the need for manual labor obsolete.   So one can no longer graduate from Highschool and go down to the GM plant as those jobs have been outsourced and what few jobs that exist in the US are robotic.  On the bright side, some of the higher paying jobs simply require an advanced knowledge of the computer without a 4 to 8 year degree.  The rumor of a vanishing middle class is no longer rumor but fact. Computers have already made computer jobs obsolete.  Programs were created that did away with data processing technicians.  Those techs would become “programmers” that would write programs to make other jobs obsolete.  In the generations to come; we will come closer and closer to the point of singularity.  Our live’s will be controlled by a few tyrants who will have access to the computer password until AI (Artificial Intelligence) comes to the conclusion it no longer needs humans.

   Hal

A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER

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It’s the secret to life. I direct this advice to those of you who have BIG DREAMS.  One person’s big dream is another persons obligation.  The problem with dreams are that they come with a certain degree of uncertainty.  If they were simply things on your to-do list, they would not be a dream. I would love to perform as The Rolling Stones’ guitarist.  I know that whoever is playing for Jagger and Company now, would love to enjoy an evening off.   Yet their fans pay 3 digits to see Keith Richards and Ron Wood.  Not Ace Andres and Ron Wood. So to me it’s a Dream.  To Ron Wood, it would be nice to have a peaceful evening to throw paint on a canvas and sip a Merlot.

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On the other hand, If I really wanted to play for the Stones for one night; I’m sure if I started following the band around and got to know all of the hitters, it would be just a matter of time before they used me as an opener, then I would get my chance like Spike Edney did with Queen.  Of course it helped that Spike played Keyboards as well but the point is, Spike was the covert 5th member of Queen.

I do believe that a life without Dreams is a Life not worth living.  I think each of us are here to do the incredible in their own way. (Be the best versions of ourselves) Einstein said: “The ability to dream is more important than knowledge”.  We’re not here to escape the demands of life by using drugs and alcohol.  We’re here to try to make this a better place, not just for us and our children, but for the following generations.  I fear that peace and promise for future generations will not come without a reset.  (And soon)

So In short, I don’t consider myself a failure because I haven’t played the Garden with the Stones.  Why would I feel like a failure because I couldn’t give Keith Richards the night off?

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When I was a child, I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player.  What I didn’t know was that what was stopping my growth as a ballplayer was my poor vision.  I never got glasses until I was a freshman in highschool.  When I did get my vision corrected, I had a lot of catching up to do.  I could finally see the chalk board in school.  But the first time my heart was really shattered was when I was trying out for “American Legion” Baseball.  I made every practice and I even worked out in 114 degree weather (farenheit).  I wanted to play Baseball at any cost.  When I got the phone call that I was cut, I was crushed.  Later in the season, the team was out of contention so the gifted players started slacking off and going to Disneyland.  I got a call from the same coach that cut me and asked me if I wanted to “suit up” for the last game of the season.  I said sure.  I got to play in a minor league stadium (The Milwaukee Brewers’ system) and I got a hit that drove in the baserunner on third and I recall rounding third and scoring on a double after I had advanced to second base on a bunt.

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So I never got to play in Candlestick park or the Oakland Coliseum, but I got to play in a minor league stadium.  Am I a failure because I didn’t make it to the show? Lots of really talented players don’t make it to the Majors (The show).  But I got a taste of the system and a fond memory.  In the end, isn’t that all we take with us? (BTW I could do another blog on the reasons our Dreams don’t come to fruition)

I was reading Ecclesiastes to my wife about a month ago.  I had explained how King Solomon was the richest man to ever live. (Even by Donald Trump’s standards) One verse that has stuck with me was chapter 6 verse 9 “It is useless; it is like chasing the wind. It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else”.

I agree with the prophet.  I stand by my saying that a life without dreams is not worth living.  Why breathe? The secret to life lays in being satisfied with what you’ve been blessed with than to constantly want that which you don’t have.

My most profound discovery in my search for wisdom was simple. LISTEN CLOSELY!  We (Humans) don’t want that which we do not have.  Rather; That which we can’t have. It makes us feel special.  It makes us feel appreciated.  It makes us feel as worthy as that which we felt unworthy of. Stephen Covey said in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Man’s deepest desire is to be understood.  I think understood and appreciated both fit Dr. Covey’s assertion.  Matthew Kelly nailed it when he said we’re here to be the best version of ourselves.

Worrying about what you don’t have is not the same as wanting to better yourself.  That can come from reading a book or taking in a lecture.  It can also come from wanting the attire of the profession you’re trying to enter.  I would have no problem fitting in with the Ramones. (or Marky’s band) but if I had an offer from Johnson & Johnson as a Marketing Director, I would have to drag out the old Italian shoes, (Farragamo) and see if my pinstripe suits still fit, then cut my hair just for the interview.  Fortunately that will not be showing up on the Dream Radar anytime soon.  It never was a dream.  It was on the “To Do” list.

At this point in my life: “It would be nice to do one swan song tour with David Bowie or Rod”.  What ever your dream is, keep it alive.

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One thing I failed to confess was that the only thing better than watching your dreams come true are making someone elses Dreams come true.

Attorney-Client Privilege & Doctor-Patient Privilege “BEWARE”

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In short, if an attorney has information that would free a convicted suspect he can’t mention it. The innocent defendant will rot in prison. Such was the case with William Macumber in 1974 when he was allegedly framed by his wife while going through an ugly divorce.

Yet if you go to your family doctor and say you would rather die than live with tubes coming out of your body, fear your physician as you may return home, only to be greeted by the Police and escorted against your will for a mental evaluation.

William Macumber

William Macumber

 The murder of a couple on a “Lover’s Lane” in Arizona north of Scottsdale happened in 1962. The case went cold until Macumber’s wife went to her boss in the Scottsdale P.D. and said (In the middle of an ugly divorce) that he (Macumber) had confessed to her of being the killer of the couple in 1962. This event happened in 1974 just weeks after Macumber’s wife had taken a class on forensics and how to lift prints. To add insult to injury, the evidence was not locked up and anyone with a badge could have tampered with the evidence.

One other piece of evidence Macumber’s defense had was a young girl who claimed to have known who committed the crime. She said it was a guy named Ernesto or Ernie Salazar. No such person could be found. In 1967, five years after the murders in the desert, a drifter named Ernesto Valenzuela was charged with a similar homicide. He told his lawyer, Thomas O’Toole that he had also killed the couple in the desert in 1962.

Thomas O’Toole was fresh out of law school at the time and just beginning a career with the Federal Public Defender’s Office. He thought when he saw the Macumber case: “They have the wrong guy”. But because of attorney-client privilege, he was not allowed to mention the confession and Valenzuela died in prison taking the truth with him.

Apparently, attorney-client privilege extends beyond the grave. 11 years later, O’Toole, no longer a public attorney was a judge and couldn’t shake the ghost of Ernesto Valenzuela. Judge O’Toole contacted the Justice Project and gave them the info he had on the confession of his late client. In 2012, the Justice project had all of the evidence they needed to present their case to the Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer for a Clemency hearing. Brewer rejected Macumber’s release twice. Later in 2012, Macumber agreed to plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and was released on time served. Talk about political wrangling to avoid a major wrongful imprisonment suit. So William Macumber spent 37 years in prison for something he didn’t do.

*Note! I have taken an oath never to plead guilty to something I am innocent of. Even if they promise me a new Ferrari. Never confess to guilt if you are not guilty. The D.A. will use money to get you to “plead out”. If you are accused of beating your wife and you have never laid a hand on your wife, you are given a choice to fight it in court costing you every penny you’ll ever earn for the rest of your life, OR you can plead guilty and take an anger management class and lose your 2nd amendment right for 10 years. Although you and God know that you are innocent, you will have that guilty plea follow you through life like an albatross. Do not do it.

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Not surprising, the story doesn’t end there. 5 months later Macumber was back in prison for sexual assault accusations by younger members of Macumber’s own family. I can only wonder; Is this the spouse still trying to keep her ex-husband behind bars or does prolonged incarceration create the criminal? Macumber plead not guilty of the sex assaults but was found guilty at trial and is serving 4 years for sexual assault on a minor.

 Sarti

 David Sarti

 David Sarti’s only crime was trusting his doctor. Just as we have attorney-client privilege, we are also supposed to have doctor-patient privilege. (With a caveat). The doctor has the discretion/power to deem his patient mentally defective and a danger to himself. If this happens, you lose your 2nd amendment right and can be detained in a mental institute as long as medical professionals see fit. No judge, no jury and no public defendant. You also become an interest of the F.B.I. as long as you live.

Sadly Sarti had appeared on National Geographic’s television series “Doomsday Preppers”. Sarti is a boisterous somewhat loudmouth that likes to exaggerate and he did so in front of the wrong doctor. His cardiologist Andre C. Olivier said there was nothing wrong with his heart, but they could put tubes in him to help him breathe. I’m not sure what procedure Dr. Olivier was referring to. I can’t see why he would recommend a tracheostomy for obesity. Neither lungs were collapsed so I can’t see chest tubes being inserted in Sarti’s plural cavity. Perhaps his cardiologist was using fear to get Mr. Sarti to lose weight. I do not know what Olivier’s reasoning was. But Sarti made a statement that was not very well thought out. He said something to the effect that he would rather die than have tubes hanging out of him. Dr. Olivier took this as a confession of suicidal tendencies and ordered Sarti to go to the Emergency Room.

Let’s Stop right here. Sarti’s doctor asked Sarti if he was suicidal and Sarti replied: “No I’m a Christian and my religious faith prohibits suicide”. That should have been the end of the conversation.

Regardless; when Sarti refused to go to the Emergency Room and went home; Law enforcement officers were waiting for Mr. Sarti and took him to the E.R. against his will.

 Where is the privacy called Physician-patient privilege?

The horror in the Sarti story is not so much what happened to David Sarti. (At least he’s not in prison serving a life sentence) But what has happened to all of us as a result of this? I seriously encourage you to no longer speak freely to your doctor without thinking about the unintended consequences. You MUST consider every sentence and your choice of words that you use when you are in the privacy of your doctor regardless of the Doctor-Patient privilege. I do not think it would be a good Idea to continue to see a doctor you do not have a good relationship with. I would not make an issue of it either. I would silently quit seeing your doctor and search for another doctor.

In both of these examples of privacy, the principle was used to keep an innocent man in jail, and to send an innocent man to a mental institution.  The words of a former, late President keep haunting me.

Reagan

“The most terrifying words in the English language are:  I’m from the government and I’m here to help. ~ President Ronald Reagan.

 

 

FRIENDING, BEFRIENDING AND RESPECT

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Social media can offer tremendous value while at the same time offering pernicious abuse. When you go on a forum such as FaceBook or MySpace, you collect an audience called “Friends”.   When FaceBook started, it was a way for college students to network with their “Friends”. That seemed innocent enough.

 

Then everyone from TV Stars to the girl you sat behind in your sixth grade math class started showing up on FaceBook. So you sent a “Friend request” to see how things have gone with someone you use to know 25 years ago. Many guys looked up old girlfriends to see what they missed out on. (Or not). I think the first public figure I had as a friend on FaceBook was Katee Sackhoff from “Battle star Galactica” and “24”. From a musician’s POV I allowed everyone to be my friend. I’m beginning to think this was more bad than good. CD Baby had a great article on drawing a line between your fans and your friends. As a musician you say you love your fans because without them, you’re nothing.

 

Terry Anderson, a songwriter that I admired quite a bit wrote a song called: “Stay away from your Heroes”. I believe he was talking about Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry may be the father of Rock and Roll but from what I’ve heard from those who know him personally, you are not missing much if you’re not friends with Chuck. Let me say that I’m quoting others. I’ve never met the man. He could be as nice as Santa Claus. Terry and I were friends for a while and when Obama was elected to the oval office, he accused me of being a racist because I didn’t like his socialist policies. I liked Terry much more before I got to know him. I did learn how to write good songs during my short friendship with Mr. Anderson and I owe him for that. But it saddens me to know that he is a stereotypical leftist who hasn’t grown up yet. If you disagree with the leftist, they will go from “Wanna get together for a beer”? to “ You’re a F’n racist and other names” in 5 seconds or less. If you’re not as radical as the leftist, the leftist wastes no time dumping you as a friend. Unlike the conservative who wants to show respect, kindness and understanding and is willing to give you a second or third chance.

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As a conservative, I will tolerate a great deal of “Snark” or “rhetoric”. There is a fine line between joking and disrespect on-line. The old saying: “It’s not what they say but how they say it” has no meaning in a text format. You can’t insult someone and justify it by putting the ubiquitous “LOL” after it. Perhaps the leftist is spot on. If someone shows you disrespect on line, waste no time in trashing them. (Unfriending them) Unfortunately, if they haven’t grown up, you’re wasting your time.