Catch 22

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catch-22
noun

 a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.


We live in a catch 22 world, that is, we reduce pollution on the vehicles we drive, but on the other hand we sell and introduce more vehicles on the market.  We want less pollution but we price the pollution reducing technology out of the reach of most buyers.  The government introduces carbon tax but how will that help me reduce my carbon footprint, I still heat my home, I still have to drive (country living) and I refuse to stop eating, yes the food producers, the truck driver and the market are infused with this carbon tax and low and behold we the consumers are paying for it. (a little secret, corporations don’t pay tax, it is passed on to consumers, something the governments have failed to realize). If the manufacturers become uncompetitive they move their operation to other countries where standards are lacks, to put it mildly.  China and other countries have very little or no pollution standards to talk about and labour is cheap and undisruptive(no strikes).  I have reduced as much as I can and I am still looking for ways to do so, I have spent a small fortune on new LED bulbs so I can save on electricity but low and behold I will probably never recoup the cost of the bulbs.  They want us to reduce our use of electricity and then raise the price because we did not use enough to pay the utility’s expenses (Ontario, maybe they should reduce their expenses). We are buying our way to clean air, or so we think.      As I say Catch 22.

I realize we have to do something to help in slowing the accelerated heating of this planet.  When does profit and greed stop and true concerns for the problem begin.  Maybe we should stop cutting the oxygen releasing trees, making way for an extra 10 to 50 acres of cash crops. Stop purchasing from countries that are heavily polluting the environment encouraging them to continue to produce cheap products and disregarding the signs of the times not to mention the poor and in some instance lack of any labor laws.  I remember China having to shut down cities because the SMOG was so heavy, it was hazardous to human health. All this, to what end so large corporations can raise their bottom line, more profit, totally unaware of the conditions the products are being produced in or so they claim.  We have large conglomerates own by foreign interest, banks and large corporations so proud to proclaim BILLIONS in profit and we are giving them those profits.

But here is where I believe the problem lies, WE want low cost products and an abundance of choice. WE want fresh fruits and vegetable from across the world, year long, maybe if we bought local and in season it would be an incentive to local farmers. WE want to get to our destination in the fastest and most comfortable and convenient way. And the list goes on and on. We tend to close our eyes as long as WE get what WE want, when WE want it. WE want convenience.

But we complain about the flooding, the intensifying storms, the ever changing weather patterns, and we leave it to our government and other governments to fix the problems.  So they fly in from around the world, in private jets adding to the problem, meet and talk about all the devastation and put a cost on it, and decide on the next time to meet and fly home in those private jets, adding to the problem.  They set limits to be reached in 20 years, needless to say these governments will most probably be totally changed and some may have changed their philosophy on pollution, so we the people who elect the governments, in a way are passing it on to the next generation, our sons and daughters.  Each elected body does the minimum to make things look good at home and to the world, and no elected government wants to rock the political vote.  And for now we will do the same thing over and over again and we expect a different result. (check out the definition of insanity)

Gen2:15 ‘ The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’

Have we taken care of it? OR have we crossed the line of no return?

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Funny side of ‘IT’!

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‘IT’ came to me a long time ago; I really can’t remember the exact time but before I realized ‘IT’ was there. ‘IT’ was intriguing, robust, annoying defiant but also calm, gentle, witty, graceful, charming and cleaver. Over the years ‘IT’ has changed, grown older, wiser and experienced.  Over time ‘IT’ has become quite knowledgeable. Some say they have seen ‘IT’ on TV.  Many have spotted ‘IT’ at the theater.  I heard that ‘IT’ was in space, landed on the moon and ‘IT’ has gone to the depth of our deepest oceans. ‘IT’ has encountered the wildest beast and ‘IT’ cradle the most vulnerable.

I remember as a child playing tag and someone was always ‘IT’ but nobody ever really changed.  I was told many times to watch ‘IT’ and wait for ‘IT’ but every time I looked for ‘IT’, ‘IT’ eluded my gaze.  Sometimes you forget about ‘IT’, and ‘IT’ always come back to you, I am told.

For myself I could never figure ‘IT’ out, I keep looking for ‘IT’.  One day I will find ‘IT’, then I hope I don’t lose ‘IT’ . You can be with ‘IT’ and yet be so far from ‘IT’.  ‘IT’ can answer questions and find answers to complex problems.  So my advice is when you get ‘IT’, grab on to ‘IT’ and never let ‘IT’ go.  During your life you keep passing ‘IT’ on to a new generation.  ‘IT’ is amazing, most people don’t realize, ‘IT’ is happening around them, all the time.

Stories have been told about ‘IT’ and this is one of them. Think about ‘IT’. ‘IT’ is all over the place.  Everybody is talking about ‘IT’ so get with ‘IT’, enjoy ‘IT’.  For now, talk about ‘IT’ and tell a friend about ‘IT’ and if you ever catch “IT” tell me all about “IT”. “IT” is what ‘IT” is!

For what ‘IT’ is worth!

Change

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From conception to death men and women consistently change. As a rule, we don’t like change, we tend to shy away from it. We boast how things have changed for the best and in many cases it has, but in the second breath we talk about “the good old days’., referring to our youth.  Remember, today, is a new generation’s ‘good old days’.   Some changes we have no choice such as growing old or illness, but other changes we either accept or reject.  Humanity has been looking for the fountain of youth since the beginning of time, let it be the Holy Grail or Jason Golden Fleece, growing old is a change that for some, is very hard to accept.  Just ask yourself why there are so many plastic surgeons in California. Change that give us more leisure time, shorter work hours or better conditions or more money are more acceptable than others. Our comfort range is grooved deeply into our way of life and any deviation from that comfort range we tend to be very skeptical of it. We weigh the PROS and CONS and make our decision. 

So here we are doing the same thing over and over again hope for a different outcome. Albert Einstein is broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Granted some of the old ways may be the best. Then again 1960 is much different than 2017 and what was great in 1960 will not have the same results today.  People lifestyle are completely different from 1960 to 2017. People are on the move, time is precious, they are multitasking.  Maybe we can take a lesson from the experts —advertisers.  Their message is short, 15 to 30 seconds in most cases, to the point and repeats over and over again. They may only catch the attention of a few people every time the commercial is played,but if you repeat the commercial over 1000 times, they may have reached 2000 individuals and then word of mouth reaches even more. 

Evangelism is no different.  It is time to move out of our comfort range into the abyss of new ideas and try something different. We might succeed or it may be a dismal flop, but we will have tried.  We may have to reach out to  2 to 5 people, in short, informative meetings and do it over and over again. Maybe give them a choices to educate themselves in their leisure time at home by correspondence. Reaching 20 to 50 people over a 2 or 3-week period may be asking too much in a rushing society where every minute counts, where couples are balancing work, family life and a social life.  If we never try, nothing will change and the results will be the same… That’s insane…

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The Rebel

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I remember as a child my parents at times, which seemed too often but actually far and few, made my life a nightmare, or so it seemed at the time.  They were not in tune with my needs and wants.  They had these antiquated ideas and they were forcing me, an independent free-spirited child to adhere to those obsolete rules. They made my life a living nightmare with their demands and discipline.  Please don’t get me wrong, I had a beautiful childhood.  When I had children of my own, I heard the same lines…you don’t get it…it’s not the same anymore… get with the times…you’re an old fogey, different words, same thoughts, 20 years later.

I’ve learnt that all actions we take have consequences, some good, some bad, some major and some insignificant, but there are definite consequences to our actions.  We as parents  want to minimize those consequences for our children.  With age came some maturity and a little wisdom but most of all experience.  As parents we see the world change and we want to protect our children from potential pain and hardship of a cruel, difficult, changing world.  Children will rebel and fight to get their way, for what they see is not always what a parent sees.

The rebellious state will be the same, to some extent, in the future, for generations to come, it’s nature, it’s independence, it’s growing up.  I believe it was the same since the beginning of time.   2000 years ago Luke wrote something about this, and it is immortalized in the pages of the holy scriptures, take a moment and read it Luke 15:11-32(link). The son left for the big city and in desperation came back home to the delight of his father.  I too went to my father and told him how much I appreciated what he did for me in those rebellious years, and so did my children come to me. Parents will continue to be protective and children will continue to be rebellious.

                                                            For what it’s worth!