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Discussion #2 - Politics

In recent years, across the globe, we have all been experiencing a public health crisis which is attempting to take away many of our most important freedoms & liberties as human beings. Governments & political leaders must be extremely vigilant to protect these basic human rights. The trend that is scaring people the most (vaxxed or not), is confusion and debate about who should have control over what drugs do or do not get pumped into our body on a regular & ongoing basis. Governments, employers, our friends & family, or us.

Make no mistake, this is some very scary stuff. If this were a movie script, it would be a terrifying movie. But it's not, it's our current reality, and we need political leaders to ignore what big business is pushing them to do, and listen to the people. This should not be about big corporations or the ultra-wealthy making more money, this is our one-and-only body we're talking about here. We as individual human beings should maintain control over the vaccines and other drugs that get put into our body. Period.

If governments and employers have the right to dictate this, even in the name of public health, then the entire world is truly descending into tyranny and autocracy. We can't let this pandemic push us right back to the dark ages. Similar to what's happening in Afghanistan to women's rights under the Taliban, a similar trend is happening to all of us, all over the world. YOUNG PEOPLE OF EARTH, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE GETTING VACCINATED EVERY 6 MONTHS??? If not, you'd better speak up now, as this is where it's all heading!

Economic growth cannot be all that matters in this life. Big business wants more money, as usual, and that is what's really driving this strong political push. What's odd about this situation for me personally, is that I'm normally far more left wing, but on this issue, I side strongly with the Right. I guess I'm just not an overly tribal person. We do however, need to reduce the spread of this virus. So for this reason, I'm personally (along with many others) just fine with indoor masking. In Ontario, Canada, we are experiencing extremely low covid numbers, for this exact reason. Globally, a surprising number of healthcare workers, which includes nurses AND physicians, are choosing NOT to get vaccinated. They're choosing their enhanced, natural immunity over drug-induced, and many people are starting to pay attention to this reality.

When eveyone thought that this was going to be a short-term thing, a couple of vaccine shots, no big deal, most were OK with this. Now we're learning that this is most likely going to be similar to the flu virus, constantly mutating indefinitely, so the game has changed dramatically. This pandemic is not going to have the fairytale ending that most of us were really hoping for. WE CANNOT FORCE VACCINATE EVERYONE ON EARTH EVERY 6 MONTHS!!! If we did, it would not just be the death of freedom, but also the single biggest crime to humanity in the entire history of the human race. Not to mention, the health consequences would be catastrophic. Some are calling medical freedom fighters selfish. They're not, because in the years to come, the over-vaccinated will likely be the ones overwhelming health care, not the unvaccinated. After a few years, natural immunity will likely prove to be far more durable, long-lasting, broad-spectrum, & powerful than constant vaccine-induced.

The mainstream media is playing a huge role in all of this. They are increasingly demonizing & dividing people around the world. The reason why is simple. The media is yet another very large industry attempting to make more money. And what sells the most? Drama, ferocity, viciousness, crime, basically the more animalistic forms of human behaviour. Human, and especially corporate greed is destroying the social fabric of our world. Making us far more aggressive, disrespectful, & tribal (us vs them) toward each other. I understand they're frustrated because they have to compete with so many other forms of media now, but it does not excuse what's happening. It's like they're literally trying to get everyone fired up & divided. Both left wing AND right wing media outlets are becoming far more extreme, because it gets people in both camps far more juiced, excited, & increases the entertainment level.

There is extreme proof to everything I'm saying about this pandemic. Something extremely shocking is happening in the poorer countries of this world. Although most did have a bad Covid outbreak in spring of 2021, currently (in October 2021), their new daily cases, along with deaths, hospitalizations, and serious illness, are all now a TINY FRACTION, per capita, of what they are in the richer countries!!

While there are many obvious differences between cultures, which could explain bits & pieces of these massive discrepancies, what is quickly becoming extremely obvious to many, is that natural immunity is kicking vaccinated immunity's butt all over this planet!! Especially when you look at the poorer nations' vaccination rates, compared to the richer countries! Also, the vast majority of people in these often massive, densely populated countries have already had the virus, had mild symptoms, and have recovered. All this with 80-90% of their populations still unvaccinated!!

Countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, and the list goes on and on. While the richer countries often have packed ICU's, the hospitals in the poor countries of this world are extremely quiet. And their numbers are still falling dramatically. And will continue to do so, since the vast majority have already been exposed to or had the virus, and have therefore built up extremely durable and powerful natural immunity. Overall death rates in these countries are also unbelievably low (one tenth to one hundredth per capita) compared to the rich countries. Some might argue that these nations are underreporting, but the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is easy to see. Hospitals in the poorer countries are basically back to normal, while many in the richer nations are struggling desperately.

It turns out that when it comes to the covid pandemic, living in a poor country seems to be paying off in a very big way! This is NOT misinformation folks!! If you look at the graphs & charts from all of the reputable sources, you will be absolutely stunned by what is currently happening in our world with this pandemic!! (Reuters global covid tracker is an excellent site). Then there is also the Merck pill coming out in a few months (end of 2021-ish), which will also be a huge game-changer. I understand that there is a massive power struggle going on in the world right now, mainly over these vaccines, but this is getting ridiculous! We're talking about people's lives here! At some point in the near future, fact has GOT to win out over power-hungry fiction. Along with people desperately trying to bury the truth!

We richer citizens of Earth are in many ways behaving like a bunch of pampered control freaks. Trying to over-vaccinate all of the sickness out of everyone, and not allowing our immune system to fight things naturally. In many ways we've been getting away with it up until now, but with Covid, it's now starting to bite us in the butt big-time. We now have many different vaccines, for an ever-increasing number of viruses. It seems that we really don't want to get sick from ANYTHING these days! I get this, being sick is no fun, but it does give our immune system something to chew on naturally every now & then. And this is why natural immunity will end up winning this Covid war in the end. In fact, it's winning the war right now in the developing countries of our world.

When companies like Facebook start being attacked, it worries me. People in very high places are attempting to censor and muzzle the internet, and free speech overall. It's not rocket science. Then they can push their own agendas without pesky things like free conversation from getting in the way! I'm sure Facebook is not completely innocent here, but what company is these days?? Also, mainstream media is basically doing the exact same thing. Which is dividing people with extremist language, firing them up, in an attempt to make more money! Most forms of media are up to the same sorts of tricks. The big difference here, is that we can all have a bit of input & voice with the internet. Virtually no one can be silenced, even if the powerful forces in our world don't like what we're saying!

There are three basic camps in this covid debate. There is the camp of people who, (largely thanks to the mainstream media), have become complete hypochondriacs & germophobes, who want everyone on Earth vaccinated, masked, & completely germ-free. No disrespect intended, but they're generally older, or folks who are just far more nervous in general. Then there is the second camp, who want to remove all restrictions whatsoever, and basically let the virus do it's thing. Generally, these are the younger or healthier folks. Then there is the third camp of people, who are trying to find a sensible balance in all of this. Say perhaps, strongly encourage indoor masking, and not force vaccinations on everyone.

There is a lot of political spin being used on this issue. If you belong to the "vaccinate everyone forever" tribe, you would likely spin this and say "this is not a time for half measures". It all depends on what colour of lenses you're looking through. Young people have most of their life still in front of them. To them, the thought of a lifetime of constant, neverending vaccinations and mask-wearing is terrifying. To a senior citizen, or someone with serious health problems, the thought of everyone NOT doing this is terrifying! It really does depend on the angle or viewpoint that you're looking from.

The big problem, is that the young people of our world simply do not have the political clout, or financial power to really have much say in all of this! Especially when we're telling them they can't get an education, or even a job without going along with this. There could be a tiny argument here if there were no other options, but given the fact that the poor, largely unvaccinated countries in our world are experiencing hospitals that are much quieter than ours, this is simply a power thing. Even many of the red states in America are now experiencing sharply decling new daily cases, hospitalizations, & deaths now, such as Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Iowa, Arkansas, etc. As of October 2021, Texas has less than 52% fully vaxxed, and Tennessee 53% one dose, and 46% fully vaxxed. These same states also have low mask usage as well.

Big business wants to vaccinate the entire world, but because the poor countries have basically let the virus do it's thing, virtually unsupressed, their citizens simply don't need it now. Same basic principle also applies to some American states as well. They've built up enough natural immunity that vaccinations and masking are completely unnecessary. They have a tiny fraction of the new daily cases, hospitalizations, & deaths compared to richer countries, and vaccines would do far more harm than good at this point. The same thing would happen here if we were willing to let the virus run it's course largely unsuppressed.

The politics and people in power will never allow this to happen in richer nations, but for the love of God, we can't force all of our young, healthy people to live on vaccines for the rest of their lives!! This entire notion is incredibly disgusting and revolting, when you look at the bigger picture on this issue. Especially when you consider how much corruption is involved in attempting to bury the truth on this!

We all need to get this fairytale about eradicating covid out of our heads, and fast. In the history of our entire species, there has only been one infectious disease which has ever been eradicated by a vaccine, smallpox. Polio is very close to being eradicated worldwide as well. This is, and will be possible, because they are both isolated to human beings only, and not animals, insects, or nature in general. They are strictly human pathogens, with no other natural reservoirs.

This is why the chances of ever eradicating Covid-19 or the flu are virtually zero. They are NOT isolated to humans only. In fact, it's currently believed that bats were the original source of this virus for humans, as they are believed by experts to be reservoirs of diverse coronaviruses. So this means that wild animals are definitely in play for both Covid and the flu.

We'd better start planning for the long-term, and get comfortable with Covid being around indefinitely, or we're just being extremely naive and foolish. This means that for those who are planning to get boosters, just like with the flu shots, you'll most likely be getting them for the rest of your life. As time marches on, the effectiveness of these boosters fade, as experienced in Israel. This is why natural immunity is winning this Covid war worldwide.

Mask-wearing also, for those areas of the world who are mandating them, will also likely be a life-long situation. It's obvious to most, that wearing a mask makes it harder to breathe. We have yet to discover what long-term effects may result from this, but they can't be good.

This is why the mandates need to stop now. There are far more health factors at play here than just the spread of this virus. Those who are against mandated virus suppression methods which are risking the health of our young people, especially, are not the demons here. We now know that everyone is spreading the virus, as the vaccine's efficacy starts to wane soon after inoculation. The longer the mandates and passports are allowed to continue, the more stigmatized and divided groups of our societies will become. Constant onging forced vaccination and masking, of everyone on Earth forever, is NOT the solution to this problem.

Covid and the flu will not be eradicated. Why waking up to this reality is so important, is that this fantasy is what is largely fueling the obsession to force everyone to get vaxxed. People want this pandemic to disappear completely, so that all restrictions can be lifted, and everything can go right back to normal. The problem, is that this will never happen for areas which are using constant widespread suppression methods. We need to start living in reality now, before it's too late.

The most obvious proof of this, as of October 2021, would be to look at what is happening in Bangladesh, and the United Kingdom. This is just one example of many, but currently this extremely poor country (Bangladesh) of almost 165 million people, is experiencing less than 500 new daily cases of Covid-19, less than 20 daily deaths, (and falling fast!). Their vaccination rate is just over 11% fully vaxxed, with masking optional. They've had just under 28,000 Covid deaths in total since the pandemic began.

The UK, on the other hand, is a rich country of just over 68 million people (less than half). Their new daily cases are over 40,000 PER DAY (and rising!), with around 150 daily deaths. Their total Covid deaths so far are almost 139,000, and their current vaccination rate is approx. 67%!! I'm not trying to pick on the UK here, but these differences are incredibly shocking, to say the least! It's easy to get buried in a sea of statistics, so this one example is a way to get a clear sense of what is really happening in our world right now.

For thousands of years, we humans have been trying to figure out what the best form of government really is. Pure socialism gives governments far too much control over us. We would lose many of the rights and freedoms that we currently (or used to) enjoy. Pure capitalism gives big business all the power, and the vast majority of us would become enslaved to the richer classes. Communism and dictatorships are horrifying in every way, and anarchy simply does not work. There are currently zero anarchist-run countries in the world (out of over 200). With this system (the absence of all government), every citizen has equal say in all decisions, which in theory, seems great. In reality however, millions of people would simply argue, fight, and debate every decision indefinitely, and nothing would ever get done in a timely manner (if at all).

Most countries are a mixture of capitalism & socialism, which in the right ratio, seems to work well. Which ratio is a debate that will rage on indefinitely. Way too much time is spent feuding over which political party has all the right answers, ideas, & ideologies. No party has all the right answers, & (almost) every party has had some great ideas. This is why politics & religion are so similar (& hotly debated). For some strange reason, most like to think that one group of people have all (or the vast majority) of the right answers. One good example would be (not trying to pick on any one country), but Democrats & Republicans. Our versions would be the Liberals & Conservatives.

There is a deep, primal urge we humans have, to polarize on issues, tribe-up with those who often view things as we do, and then do battle with the opposing tribes (parties). Many go along with virtually everything their favourite party believes in, basically to fit in with their "tribe". There is nothing inherently wrong with this, except that it means there will always be severely opposing views on virtually every single issue known to man, regardless of which view is right or wrong, better or worse. Recently, the two main political "tribes" in the US have morphed into being more "pro-Trump" vs "anti-Trump".

Down through the years, the world population has been chopped up into geographical and political territories (countries, states, provinces, cities, neighbourhoods, etc). People immigrate, emmigrate, vacation, and travel all over the world, and at the end of the day, we are all human beings. Due to rapidly advancing technologies and air travel, we are interacting more and more with people across the globe. It's becoming increasingly difficult to compartmentalize and marginalize pockets of our species from geography, but let's not create new pockets with covid.

Far too much emphasis is placed on competition between countries (and in general). Instead, more emphasis should be placed on helping each other out. Again, it comes down to the balancing act of competition and compassion. There is much lip service about equality in politics, as it is the "politically correct" thing to do. More and more extremely intelligent people are starting to actually believe in it, but the vast majority of our species still do not. This life is an evolutionary process (pardon my French for using such a controversial word). We may think that we are extremely advanced (as our forefathers also thought), but we still have a long way to go.

The sweet irony of this is that the more we help each other out, the better the world economy, stability, and quality of life becomes for everyone. Every country on Earth is linked economically and politically. If one does better, we all do better. I'm not trying to demonize competition (extremely healthy in the right dose). The big trick in life is figuring out what that dose should be. My personal opinion is that this happens naturally if we maintain respect for all citizens of Earth, and actually believe in human equality. Far too many people still marginalize those living in poverty, as it accentuates their own feelings of superiority. We may not think this is happening, but deep down inside it most definitely is. This is not just a mean-spirited attitude, it's inaccurate, as most are living this reality through no fault of their own. It's also extremely unwise, as the entire world would benefit economically from the eradication of poverty.

The issue of equality is a very big deal in politics, as it greatly influences major policy decisions (especially military and economic). Dr. King, Mother Teresa, John Lennon, JFK, Abe Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and many others had/have the right idea. These political figures were by no means perfect, but they all had this knowledge in common; our natural arse factor is constantly trying to convince us that our own kind, citizens and ultimately us are all that really matter in this life, but our egos are dead wrong. Irregardless of race, religion, gender, economic/status and country of origin/residence, we are all 100% equal in significance. Most (if not all) of the corruption, greed, military conflict, aggression, oppression, crime and poverty in this world would be completely eliminated very quickly if we truly believed this one fact.

Please be aware and never forget that people residing in the richer countries are the 10%, and citizens residing in the poorer countries are the 90% (no running water, etc.). The working middle class in developing countries are classified as those individuals living on/earning $4 to $13 PER DAY. Many kind individuals and organizations are performing many acts of generosity to help the situation, but world governments are doing very little to solve the root problems. This is something that could be achieved by the end of the year, with the right political will. That political will comes from us, the citizens of Earth.

The economic conditions in a country, province, or city are normally the underbelly of all other political issues. If we want to have any hope of making this world a better place for all of us, we need to start by dramatically improving the economic conditions on Earth. If we only had the resources to improve one aspect of life on this planet, this would be the one to choose, as the resulting benefits would be massive in all other areas as well. Even the equally gigantic issue of our environment must be mindful of the economy, as energy transition must be at the right pace in order to prevent a complete global financial collapse. That being said, the "right pace" must be aggressive enough to prevent a complete collapse of our environment.

The world is gradually uniting in many areas, but we need to dramatically pick up the pace. The planet does not care if we extinct ourselves from our own stupidity, but we should care. If we do not unite as the human race, we all know that it's highly possible we may just nuke ourselves into extinction, and that would be a damn shame. It would also make us one of the stupidest, most egomanical "intelligent" species to ever rule the Earth. We are definitely smart enough to create things like weapons of mass destruction, but we may not be wise enough to avoid destroying ourselves with them.

IN A PERFECT WORLD, there would be one race; "HUMAN", one country; "EARTH", and one religion; "UNITY". The main reason why we have divided ourselves (over the centuries) into territorial, political, racial, and religious "pockets" on Earth, is mainly to compete and attempt to feel superior to other pockets, or to just fit in with those around us. (Think nazi's, slavery, terrorism, the olympics, etc.). We are all biologically virtually identical, with only a few minor cosmetic differences. If aliens from another planet ever stop by for a visit, then we'll see some major biological differences. Globalization and the UN are helping a little, but it's still not enough. (P.S. Unity does NOT mean one world government!).

If the vast majority of us choose to remain complacent "herd followers" for the rest of our lives, then our race; the human race, will almost definitely become extinct in the very near future, and some other creature will become the dominant species. It's our massive egos that make us think that planet Earth needs us to survive. If we choose to destroy ourselves, Earth will recover back to normal shortly after we're gone. Save the planet? What a joke, we're like a mosquito thinking we can save an elephant. We need to save ourselves. I think we all pretty much realize that if World War 3 ever does happen, or if climate change is allowed to continue at the current rate, it will likely be the end for all of us on this planet (or any other).

There is a new form of polarization spreading across the Western hemisphere. On one end of the extreme, you have a growing "hate wave" of racism, narcissism, elitism, & an attitude of supremacy, and on the other you have a growing "love wave" of tolerance, compassion, humility, & a sense of equality for people from all walks of life. The US currently seems to be leading the way in this form of division, but before we point our finger at any one country, we had better point it back at ourselves, as no country on Earth is innocent of this.

Most people (including Biden & Trump), now realize that middle class jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate in the West. The problem is, most of us are not really aspiring to be middle class anyway. The vast majority are hoping to achieve much more. I mean really, who dreams of being middle-of-the-road in anything? Most are hoping to become wealthy (& possibly even famous as well). This is why many are simply not all that concerned about the erosion of the middle class. This would also be a monumental mistake, as this economic group pays the vast majority of all forms of taxes, & also drives the economy in the largest way (most consumers, at least for awhile).

What was really driving much of the recent problem with the US election (2020), was the entire fossil fuel group of industries. They, collectively, are the largest money-making entity on Earth. Climate Change is a massive issue on this planet, and one that Democrats and Republicans disagree on dramatically. Donald Trump came very close to destroying democracy in America, but he was not acting alone. Powerful financial forces were/are also at work. The effects of climate change are already starting to be noticed all over the world, especially in certain areas like California, Australia, and many countries in Europe. This issue was a major power play in America, with this 2020 election.

The biggest debate in economics will always be whether there should be more or less government control over free market systems. In theory, a free market economic system sounds like a fair & more natural way of doing things, but in reality, big business is running the show, and there is nothing "fair" or "natural" about it. Big business is after one thing only in life, more profit. Pure capitalism would work great, if we could just suck out some of the short-sighted greed. Not communism or pure socialism, but not the opposite, extreme polarization, which is erasing our biggest sector, the middle class.

Then, on the other hand, there is the "new" definition of the American dream, which is a much less materialistic & show-offy lifestyle, with far more potential for real happiness & actually being able to sleep well at night. The big problem however, is that the more gutted the middle classes become, the more "part time low wage jobs" are required just for basic survival. This creates far more "working poor", which is basically becoming a form of virtual slavery. In my own country of Canada, which injects far more socialism into the mix, we have a bizarre mixture developing of wealthy, well off, working poor, lazy poor (welfare), incredible-paying government jobs, horrible-paying outsourced government jobs, and tons of new "volunteer" internships (for the young university graduates).

Our mainly free market systems are simply becoming increasingly polarized as time marches on (the wealth & income gaps are widening). This is painfully obvious, for example, whenever we hear about top execs getting huge 50% raises, when they're already earning millions each year, while at the same time laying off thousands of middle earning workers. The common excuse given by these companies, is that they need to attract & retain top talent in a competitive global market. My comeback to that would be, if the talent is so great, why did/do you need all those corporate welfare handouts and/or tax breaks just to stay afloat? Ignorance is not bliss, & it's time that we "regular" people stand up for ourselves. If we the masses choose to allow (through sheer complacency) our economies to further evolve this way, then we'll basically just get more & more of this "take from the middle to give to the rich" (time & money), which is detrimental to the overall economy & quality of life.

The Darwinistic "survival of the fittest", "let the free market decide everything" philosophy works out great for the rich, but God help those who aren't if this ideology reigns supreme. Then there are times when the free market should be left alone, as interference can just make a huge mess of things (the real estate market is a good example of this). The reason why, is that investment in real estate is one of the very few ways that us common folk can actually get ahead in life. If the sale of, or capital gains of primary residences start to become taxed, then we're all royally screwed. Keep in mind that "corporate welfare" and contracts are constantly siphoning off tax money from governments to the already rich. It's a tricky subject, but one that deserves a lot of our attention.

One reason why my country has always had a very aggressive immigration policy, is largely because of the vast amount of infrastructure that must be paid for by a relatively small number of people. While this is true, many long-time Canadian citizens are naturally extremely concerned about losing out, if meaningful employment or business opportunities can't keep pace with this flow of immigration. This obviously seems to be a pretty big concern for many in the US & Europe right now as well. This is also one of the main issues driving Brexit. The big debate is who to prioritize. Income earning opportunities for our own citizens, or compassion for others in the world who are suffering.

It's painfully obvious however, that the massive global issues such as extreme poverty & climate change are simply not high priorities for America & other affluent countries. The main reason for this is simple. The average citizen in the richer 20 or so countries is far more concerned about their domestic economy, or in other words, their/our ability to achieve or maintain the appearance (and/or) reality of financial success. Also our ability to experience the ultimate turbo-stimulated lifestyles is extremely important to many of us. These two priorities always dramatically trump any concerns more distantly removed from our immediate reality. It's just short & near-sighted thinking, pure & simple.

While it's indeed not possible for all humans on Earth to eat meat (for example), there are in fact plenty of resources for all to eat well & nutritiously. We're just choosing (globally), to prioritize the indulgences of the elite (that's us), over the survival (or health) of the extremely poor. We also don't seem to care much about the survival of all future generations (including our own descendents), as dealing with climate change (to any serious degree), is not really a big priority for most. It seems, that in the minds of many, it really is all about us.

The Republicans are accusing the Democrats of being socialist, and the Democrats are accusing the Republicans of being racist. In my opinion, they both have some valid points, but the viciousness of this election was extremely unhealthy for democracy. As is the case in my own country of Canada, along with many others around the globe, the US is currently a mixture of capitalism and socialism, and has been for a very long time. Things like Social Security, publicly funded education, health care, infrastructure, and employment or disability insurance are all forms of socialism. It basically smooths off the rough edges of pure capitalism, and without it, economies and quality of life (for everyone), in many countries around the world, would suffer greatly. These two parties going at it like gladiators in the US, was very dangerous and destructive. There's almost a religious or cult element to what was going on. Trump definitely believed that he was a God of some sort, and so did many of his followers. Instead of churches, they congregated at rallies & in pick-ups.

It's a huge relief to most in my country (for one), that Biden seeks to set a more unifying and non-hateful tone. Why not "Make America Kind Again" the new mantra? The most important job of any president, is indeed to set this tone, along with the moral compass for their country. Whenever I see the traditional R.I.P. on a tombstone, it makes me wonder why so many believe that we will only find true peace in our lives once we're dead. We can have this while we're still alive folks, we just need to be more aware of what's really going on around us. Biden and Harris seem to really get this, and were unfortunately forced to start off by having to fight for it. Democracy is worth fighting for, and is the only way that any of us in North America, or around the world, will ever be able to achieve or maintain true peace & prosperity on this planet.

Life is a team effort, and no one person, country, race, religion, or party will ever have all the answers. We need each other in a major way, or none of us will survive & thrive for much longer. Life is tricky & complex, & no matter how intelligent a person or group think they are, they'll never know everything. It's time for we the humans of Earth to band together, build each other up, and do this thing called life the better way.

Tribal thinking has more potential to create extremely aggressive, vicious, & destructive behaviour than from any other sociological source. Not just affecting violence, but also basic social interaction. As a species, we had better get a grip on this (fairly quickly), or globally we'll be in some serious trouble very soon. While it's definitely true that some countries seem to function better than others, this does not mean that pockets of our species are somehow more or less significant than others. Cultural diversity also enhances life on Earth overall. One of the main reasons why we travel is to see & experience different cultures. As long as we maintain our sense of equality and respect for all of humanity, and communicate effectively between countries, then our species will head in a positive direction.

When you look at the rock-hard facts & stats, the countries which promote human equality always enjoy vastly superior economic prosperity and overall quality of life. In this fact, there is simply no debate. The basic (& simple) reason for this reality, is that with far less income disparity (regardless of career type), far more members of any given society have plenty of extra money to spend, which is of course the main driving force behind every countries' economy. The other basic factor in this equation, is that virtually every career type is necessary for every society on Earth to function.

There obviously needs to be enough financial incentive for many to become educated or deal with high normal levels of pressure, but again, the proof is in the pudding. Egofest aside, it simply works. Overall quality of life improves not just because of the money (in & of itself), but because of the added respect that it encourages. Every productive member of society should be able to take pride in their work, as all forms of work are necessary to make a society function. We can't all be doctors, lawyers, politicians and rock stars. Everyone knows, basically, which career types pay lousy, and this ultimately sucks much of the joy & respect from these careers. Often, many of these same careers contain huge responsibility levels, and are hugely important to society. Two good examples of this would be auto mechanics & school bus drivers, but obviously scores of different careers fall into this category (and the list is growing).

In my own province of Ontario, Canada, I am very proud to say that the minimum wage was recently raised (Jan. 1, 2018) to $14/hr. from the previous $11. Many small business owners were not happy about this, but what they soon realized, was that the increase in sales far more than compensated for the extra $3/hr. per employee expense. It just takes looking at the bigger picture. When the average person on the street has some extra money to spend, you can bet they are going to spend it, and this drives up sales & revenue (across the board) and the local economy overall.

I am currently one of those small business owners, and have had numerous employees in the past. What I've learned from being on that side of the fence, is that it doesn't take a huge jump in sales and revenue, to create a large jump in profit, even though certain expenses do increase. Capitalism mixed with a bit of socialism does not equal communism. It actually creates an economy that is incredibly rich and inclusive. Without trying to brag, or be overly patriotic, my country is living proof that this economic system works extremely well.
Discussion #2 - Politics

In recent years, across the globe, we have all been experiencing a public health crisis which is attempting to take away many of our most important freedoms & liberties as human beings. Governments & political leaders must be extremely vigilant to protect these basic human rights. The trend that is scaring people the most (vaxxed or not), is confusion and debate about who should have control over what drugs do or do not get pumped into our body on a regular & ongoing basis. Governments, employers, our friends & family, or us.

Make no mistake, this is some very scary stuff. If this were a movie script, it would be a terrifying movie. But it's not, it's our current reality, and we need political leaders to ignore what big business is pushing them to do, and listen to the people. This should not be about big corporations or the ultra-wealthy making more money, this is our one-and-only body we're talking about here. We as individual human beings should maintain control over the vaccines and other drugs that get put into our body. Period.

If governments and employers have the right to dictate this, even in the name of public health, then the entire world is truly descending into tyranny and autocracy. We can't let this pandemic push us right back to the dark ages. Similar to what's happening in Afghanistan to women's rights under the Taliban, a similar trend is happening to all of us, all over the world. YOUNG PEOPLE OF EARTH, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE GETTING VACCINATED EVERY 6 MONTHS??? If not, you'd better speak up now, as this is where it's all heading!

Economic growth cannot be all that matters in this life. Big business wants more money, as usual, and that is what's really driving this strong political push. What's odd about this situation for me personally, is that I'm normally far more left wing, but on this issue, I side strongly with the Right. I guess I'm just not an overly tribal person. We do however, need to reduce the spread of this virus. So for this reason, I'm personally (along with many others) just fine with indoor masking. In Ontario, Canada, we are experiencing extremely low covid numbers, for this exact reason. Globally, a surprising number of healthcare workers, which includes nurses AND physicians, are choosing NOT to get vaccinated. They're choosing their enhanced, natural immunity over drug-induced, and many people are starting to pay attention to this reality.

When eveyone thought that this was going to be a short-term thing, a couple of vaccine shots, no big deal, most were OK with this. Now we're learning that this is most likely going to be similar to the flu virus, constantly mutating indefinitely, so the game has changed dramatically. This pandemic is not going to have the fairytale ending that most of us were really hoping for. WE CANNOT FORCE VACCINATE EVERYONE ON EARTH EVERY 6 MONTHS!!! If we did, it would not just be the death of freedom, but also the single biggest crime to humanity in the entire history of the human race. Not to mention, the health consequences would be catastrophic. Some are calling medical freedom fighters selfish. They're not, because in the years to come, the over-vaccinated will likely be the ones overwhelming health care, not the unvaccinated. After a few years, natural immunity will likely prove to be far more durable, long-lasting, broad-spectrum, & powerful than constant vaccine-induced.

The mainstream media is playing a huge role in all of this. They are increasingly demonizing & dividing people around the world. The reason why is simple. The media is yet another very large industry attempting to make more money. And what sells the most? Drama, ferocity, viciousness, crime, basically the more animalistic forms of human behaviour. Human, and especially corporate greed is destroying the social fabric of our world. Making us far more aggressive, disrespectful, & tribal (us vs them) toward each other. I understand they're frustrated because they have to compete with so many other forms of media now, but it does not excuse what's happening. It's like they're literally trying to get everyone fired up & divided. Both left wing AND right wing media outlets are becoming far more extreme, because it gets people in both camps far more juiced, excited, & increases the entertainment level.

There is extreme proof to everything I'm saying about this pandemic. Something extremely shocking is happening in the poorer countries of this world. Although most did have a bad Covid outbreak in spring of 2021, currently (in October 2021), their new daily cases, along with deaths, hospitalizations, and serious illness, are all now a TINY FRACTION, per capita, of what they are in the richer countries!!

While there are many obvious differences between cultures, which could explain bits & pieces of these massive discrepancies, what is quickly becoming extremely obvious to many, is that natural immunity is kicking vaccinated immunity's butt all over this planet!! Especially when you look at the poorer nations' vaccination rates, compared to the richer countries! Also, the vast majority of people in these often massive, densely populated countries have already had the virus, had mild symptoms, and have recovered. All this with 80-90% of their populations still unvaccinated!!

Countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, and the list goes on and on. While the richer countries often have packed ICU's, the hospitals in the poor countries of this world are extremely quiet. And their numbers are still falling dramatically. And will continue to do so, since the vast majority have already been exposed to or had the virus, and have therefore built up extremely durable and powerful natural immunity. Overall death rates in these countries are also unbelievably low (one tenth to one hundredth per capita) compared to the rich countries. Some might argue that these nations are underreporting, but the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is easy to see. Hospitals in the poorer countries are basically back to normal, while many in the richer nations are struggling desperately.

It turns out that when it comes to the covid pandemic, living in a poor country seems to be paying off in a very big way! This is NOT misinformation folks!! If you look at the graphs & charts from all of the reputable sources, you will be absolutely stunned by what is currently happening in our world with this pandemic!! (Reuters global covid tracker is an excellent site). Then there is also the Merck pill coming out in a few months (end of 2021-ish), which will also be a huge game-changer. I understand that there is a massive power struggle going on in the world right now, mainly over these vaccines, but this is getting ridiculous! We're talking about people's lives here! At some point in the near future, fact has GOT to win out over power-hungry fiction. Along with people desperately trying to bury the truth!

We richer citizens of Earth are in many ways behaving like a bunch of pampered control freaks. Trying to over-vaccinate all of the sickness out of everyone, and not allowing our immune system to fight things naturally. In many ways we've been getting away with it up until now, but with Covid, it's now starting to bite us in the butt big-time. We now have many different vaccines, for an ever-increasing number of viruses. It seems that we really don't want to get sick from ANYTHING these days! I get this, being sick is no fun, but it does give our immune system something to chew on naturally every now & then. And this is why natural immunity will end up winning this Covid war in the end. In fact, it's winning the war right now in the developing countries of our world.

When companies like Facebook start being attacked, it worries me. People in very high places are attempting to censor and muzzle the internet, and free speech overall. It's not rocket science. Then they can push their own agendas without pesky things like free conversation from getting in the way! I'm sure Facebook is not completely innocent here, but what company is these days?? Also, mainstream media is basically doing the exact same thing. Which is dividing people with extremist language, firing them up, in an attempt to make more money! Most forms of media are up to the same sorts of tricks. The big difference here, is that we can all have a bit of input & voice with the internet. Virtually no one can be silenced, even if the powerful forces in our world don't like what we're saying!

There are three basic camps in this covid debate. There is the camp of people who, (largely thanks to the mainstream media), have become complete hypochondriacs & germophobes, who want everyone on Earth vaccinated, masked, & completely germ-free. No disrespect intended, but they're generally older, or folks who are just far more nervous in general. Then there is the second camp, who want to remove all restrictions whatsoever, and basically let the virus do it's thing. Generally, these are the younger or healthier folks. Then there is the third camp of people, who are trying to find a sensible balance in all of this. Say perhaps, strongly encourage indoor masking, and not force vaccinations on everyone.

There is a lot of political spin being used on this issue. If you belong to the "vaccinate everyone forever" tribe, you would likely spin this and say "this is not a time for half measures". It all depends on what colour of lenses you're looking through. Young people have most of their life still in front of them. To them, the thought of a lifetime of constant, neverending vaccinations and mask-wearing is terrifying. To a senior citizen, or someone with serious health problems, the thought of everyone NOT doing this is terrifying! It really does depend on the angle or viewpoint that you're looking from.

The big problem, is that the young people of our world simply do not have the political clout, or financial power to really have much say in all of this! Especially when we're telling them they can't get an education, or even a job without going along with this. There could be a tiny argument here if there were no other options, but given the fact that the poor, largely unvaccinated countries in our world are experiencing hospitals that are much quieter than ours, this is simply a power thing. Even many of the red states in America are now experiencing sharply decling new daily cases, hospitalizations, & deaths now, such as Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Iowa, Arkansas, etc. As of October 2021, Texas has less than 52% fully vaxxed, and Tennessee 53% one dose, and 46% fully vaxxed. These same states also have low mask usage as well.

Big business wants to vaccinate the entire world, but because the poor countries have basically let the virus do it's thing, virtually unsupressed, their citizens simply don't need it now. Same basic principle also applies to some American states as well. They've built up enough natural immunity that vaccinations and masking are completely unnecessary. They have a tiny fraction of the new daily cases, hospitalizations, & deaths compared to richer countries, and vaccines would do far more harm than good at this point. The same thing would happen here if we were willing to let the virus run it's course largely unsuppressed.

The politics and people in power will never allow this to happen in richer nations, but for the love of God, we can't force all of our young, healthy people to live on vaccines for the rest of their lives!! This entire notion is incredibly disgusting and revolting, when you look at the bigger picture on this issue. Especially when you consider how much corruption is involved in attempting to bury the truth on this!

We all need to get this fairytale about eradicating covid out of our heads, and fast. In the history of our entire species, there has only been one infectious disease which has ever been eradicated by a vaccine, smallpox. Polio is very close to being eradicated worldwide as well. This is, and will be possible, because they are both isolated to human beings only, and not animals, insects, or nature in general. They are strictly human pathogens, with no other natural reservoirs.

This is why the chances of ever eradicating Covid-19 or the flu are virtually zero. They are NOT isolated to humans only. In fact, it's currently believed that bats were the original source of this virus for humans, as they are believed by experts to be reservoirs of diverse coronaviruses. So this means that wild animals are definitely in play for both Covid and the flu.

We'd better start planning for the long-term, and get comfortable with Covid being around indefinitely, or we're just being extremely naive and foolish. This means that for those who are planning to get boosters, just like with the flu shots, you'll most likely be getting them for the rest of your life. As time marches on, the effectiveness of these boosters fade, as experienced in Israel. This is why natural immunity is winning this Covid war worldwide.

Mask-wearing also, for those areas of the world who are mandating them, will also likely be a life-long situation. It's obvious to most, that wearing a mask makes it harder to breathe. We have yet to discover what long-term effects may result from this, but they can't be good.

This is why the mandates need to stop now. There are far more health factors at play here than just the spread of this virus. Those who are against mandated virus suppression methods which are risking the health of our young people, especially, are not the demons here. We now know that everyone is spreading the virus, as the vaccine's efficacy starts to wane soon after inoculation. The longer the mandates and passports are allowed to continue, the more stigmatized and divided groups of our societies will become. Constant onging forced vaccination and masking, of everyone on Earth forever, is NOT the solution to this problem.

Covid and the flu will not be eradicated. Why waking up to this reality is so important, is that this fantasy is what is largely fueling the obsession to force everyone to get vaxxed. People want this pandemic to disappear completely, so that all restrictions can be lifted, and everything can go right back to normal. The problem, is that this will never happen for areas which are using constant widespread suppression methods. We need to start living in reality now, before it's too late.

The most obvious proof of this, as of October 2021, would be to look at what is happening in Bangladesh, and the United Kingdom. This is just one example of many, but currently this extremely poor country (Bangladesh) of almost 165 million people, is experiencing less than 500 new daily cases of Covid-19, less than 20 daily deaths, (and falling fast!). Their vaccination rate is just over 11% fully vaxxed, with masking optional. They've had just under 28,000 Covid deaths in total since the pandemic began.

The UK, on the other hand, is a rich country of just over 68 million people (less than half). Their new daily cases are over 40,000 PER DAY (and rising!), with around 150 daily deaths. Their total Covid deaths so far are almost 139,000, and their current vaccination rate is approx. 67%!! I'm not trying to pick on the UK here, but these differences are incredibly shocking, to say the least! It's easy to get buried in a sea of statistics, so this one example is a way to get a clear sense of what is really happening in our world right now.

For thousands of years, we humans have been trying to figure out what the best form of government really is. Pure socialism gives governments far too much control over us. We would lose many of the rights and freedoms that we currently (or used to) enjoy. Pure capitalism gives big business all the power, and the vast majority of us would become enslaved to the richer classes. Communism and dictatorships are horrifying in every way, and anarchy simply does not work. There are currently zero anarchist-run countries in the world (out of over 200). With this system (the absence of all government), every citizen has equal say in all decisions, which in theory, seems great. In reality however, millions of people would simply argue, fight, and debate every decision indefinitely, and nothing would ever get done in a timely manner (if at all).

Most countries are a mixture of capitalism & socialism, which in the right ratio, seems to work well. Which ratio is a debate that will rage on indefinitely. Way too much time is spent feuding over which political party has all the right answers, ideas, & ideologies. No party has all the right answers, & (almost) every party has had some great ideas. This is why politics & religion are so similar (& hotly debated). For some strange reason, most like to think that one group of people have all (or the vast majority) of the right answers. One good example would be (not trying to pick on any one country), but Democrats & Republicans. Our versions would be the Liberals & Conservatives.

There is a deep, primal urge we humans have, to polarize on issues, tribe-up with those who often view things as we do, and then do battle with the opposing tribes (parties). Many go along with virtually everything their favourite party believes in, basically to fit in with their "tribe". There is nothing inherently wrong with this, except that it means there will always be severely opposing views on virtually every single issue known to man, regardless of which view is right or wrong, better or worse. Recently, the two main political "tribes" in the US have morphed into being more "pro-Trump" vs "anti-Trump".

Down through the years, the world population has been chopped up into geographical and political territories (countries, states, provinces, cities, neighbourhoods, etc). People immigrate, emmigrate, vacation, and travel all over the world, and at the end of the day, we are all human beings. Due to rapidly advancing technologies and air travel, we are interacting more and more with people across the globe. It's becoming increasingly difficult to compartmentalize and marginalize pockets of our species from geography, but let's not create new pockets with covid.

Far too much emphasis is placed on competition between countries (and in general). Instead, more emphasis should be placed on helping each other out. Again, it comes down to the balancing act of competition and compassion. There is much lip service about equality in politics, as it is the "politically correct" thing to do. More and more extremely intelligent people are starting to actually believe in it, but the vast majority of our species still do not. This life is an evolutionary process (pardon my French for using such a controversial word). We may think that we are extremely advanced (as our forefathers also thought), but we still have a long way to go.

The sweet irony of this is that the more we help each other out, the better the world economy, stability, and quality of life becomes for everyone. Every country on Earth is linked economically and politically. If one does better, we all do better. I'm not trying to demonize competition (extremely healthy in the right dose). The big trick in life is figuring out what that dose should be. My personal opinion is that this happens naturally if we maintain respect for all citizens of Earth, and actually believe in human equality. Far too many people still marginalize those living in poverty, as it accentuates their own feelings of superiority. We may not think this is happening, but deep down inside it most definitely is. This is not just a mean-spirited attitude, it's inaccurate, as most are living this reality through no fault of their own. It's also extremely unwise, as the entire world would benefit economically from the eradication of poverty.

The issue of equality is a very big deal in politics, as it greatly influences major policy decisions (especially military and economic). Dr. King, Mother Teresa, John Lennon, JFK, Abe Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and many others had/have the right idea. These political figures were by no means perfect, but they all had this knowledge in common; our natural arse factor is constantly trying to convince us that our own kind, citizens and ultimately us are all that really matter in this life, but our egos are dead wrong. Irregardless of race, religion, gender, economic/status and country of origin/residence, we are all 100% equal in significance. Most (if not all) of the corruption, greed, military conflict, aggression, oppression, crime and poverty in this world would be completely eliminated very quickly if we truly believed this one fact.

Please be aware and never forget that people residing in the richer countries are the 10%, and citizens residing in the poorer countries are the 90% (no running water, etc.). The working middle class in developing countries are classified as those individuals living on/earning $4 to $13 PER DAY. Many kind individuals and organizations are performing many acts of generosity to help the situation, but world governments are doing very little to solve the root problems. This is something that could be achieved by the end of the year, with the right political will. That political will comes from us, the citizens of Earth.

The economic conditions in a country, province, or city are normally the underbelly of all other political issues. If we want to have any hope of making this world a better place for all of us, we need to start by dramatically improving the economic conditions on Earth. If we only had the resources to improve one aspect of life on this planet, this would be the one to choose, as the resulting benefits would be massive in all other areas as well. Even the equally gigantic issue of our environment must be mindful of the economy, as energy transition must be at the right pace in order to prevent a complete global financial collapse. That being said, the "right pace" must be aggressive enough to prevent a complete collapse of our environment.

The world is gradually uniting in many areas, but we need to dramatically pick up the pace. The planet does not care if we extinct ourselves from our own stupidity, but we should care. If we do not unite as the human race, we all know that it's highly possible we may just nuke ourselves into extinction, and that would be a damn shame. It would also make us one of the stupidest, most egomanical "intelligent" species to ever rule the Earth. We are definitely smart enough to create things like weapons of mass destruction, but we may not be wise enough to avoid destroying ourselves with them.

IN A PERFECT WORLD, there would be one race; "HUMAN", one country; "EARTH", and one religion; "UNITY". The main reason why we have divided ourselves (over the centuries) into territorial, political, racial, and religious "pockets" on Earth, is mainly to compete and attempt to feel superior to other pockets, or to just fit in with those around us. (Think nazi's, slavery, terrorism, the olympics, etc.). We are all biologically virtually identical, with only a few minor cosmetic differences. If aliens from another planet ever stop by for a visit, then we'll see some major biological differences. Globalization and the UN are helping a little, but it's still not enough. (P.S. Unity does NOT mean one world government!).

If the vast majority of us choose to remain complacent "herd followers" for the rest of our lives, then our race; the human race, will almost definitely become extinct in the very near future, and some other creature will become the dominant species. It's our massive egos that make us think that planet Earth needs us to survive. If we choose to destroy ourselves, Earth will recover back to normal shortly after we're gone. Save the planet? What a joke, we're like a mosquito thinking we can save an elephant. We need to save ourselves. I think we all pretty much realize that if World War 3 ever does happen, or if climate change is allowed to continue at the current rate, it will likely be the end for all of us on this planet (or any other).

There is a new form of polarization spreading across the Western hemisphere. On one end of the extreme, you have a growing "hate wave" of racism, narcissism, elitism, & an attitude of supremacy, and on the other you have a growing "love wave" of tolerance, compassion, humility, & a sense of equality for people from all walks of life. The US currently seems to be leading the way in this form of division, but before we point our finger at any one country, we had better point it back at ourselves, as no country on Earth is innocent of this.

Most people (including Biden & Trump), now realize that middle class jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate in the West. The problem is, most of us are not really aspiring to be middle class anyway. The vast majority are hoping to achieve much more. I mean really, who dreams of being middle-of-the-road in anything? Most are hoping to become wealthy (& possibly even famous as well). This is why many are simply not all that concerned about the erosion of the middle class. This would also be a monumental mistake, as this economic group pays the vast majority of all forms of taxes, & also drives the economy in the largest way (most consumers, at least for awhile).

What was really driving much of the recent problem with the US election (2020), was the entire fossil fuel group of industries. They, collectively, are the largest money-making entity on Earth. Climate Change is a massive issue on this planet, and one that Democrats and Republicans disagree on dramatically. Donald Trump came very close to destroying democracy in America, but he was not acting alone. Powerful financial forces were/are also at work. The effects of climate change are already starting to be noticed all over the world, especially in certain areas like California, Australia, and many countries in Europe. This issue was a major power play in America, with this 2020 election.

The biggest debate in economics will always be whether there should be more or less government control over free market systems. In theory, a free market economic system sounds like a fair & more natural way of doing things, but in reality, big business is running the show, and there is nothing "fair" or "natural" about it. Big business is after one thing only in life, more profit. Pure capitalism would work great, if we could just suck out some of the short-sighted greed. Not communism or pure socialism, but not the opposite, extreme polarization, which is erasing our biggest sector, the middle class.

Then, on the other hand, there is the "new" definition of the American dream, which is a much less materialistic & show-offy lifestyle, with far more potential for real happiness & actually being able to sleep well at night. The big problem however, is that the more gutted the middle classes become, the more "part time low wage jobs" are required just for basic survival. This creates far more "working poor", which is basically becoming a form of virtual slavery. In my own country of Canada, which injects far more socialism into the mix, we have a bizarre mixture developing of wealthy, well off, working poor, lazy poor (welfare), incredible-paying government jobs, horrible-paying outsourced government jobs, and tons of new "volunteer" internships (for the young university graduates).

Our mainly free market systems are simply becoming increasingly polarized as time marches on (the wealth & income gaps are widening). This is painfully obvious, for example, whenever we hear about top execs getting huge 50% raises, when they're already earning millions each year, while at the same time laying off thousands of middle earning workers. The common excuse given by these companies, is that they need to attract & retain top talent in a competitive global market. My comeback to that would be, if the talent is so great, why did/do you need all those corporate welfare handouts and/or tax breaks just to stay afloat? Ignorance is not bliss, & it's time that we "regular" people stand up for ourselves. If we the masses choose to allow (through sheer complacency) our economies to further evolve this way, then we'll basically just get more & more of this "take from the middle to give to the rich" (time & money), which is detrimental to the overall economy & quality of life.

The Darwinistic "survival of the fittest", "let the free market decide everything" philosophy works out great for the rich, but God help those who aren't if this ideology reigns supreme. Then there are times when the free market should be left alone, as interference can just make a huge mess of things (the real estate market is a good example of this). The reason why, is that investment in real estate is one of the very few ways that us common folk can actually get ahead in life. If the sale of, or capital gains of primary residences start to become taxed, then we're all royally screwed. Keep in mind that "corporate welfare" and contracts are constantly siphoning off tax money from governments to the already rich. It's a tricky subject, but one that deserves a lot of our attention.

One reason why my country has always had a very aggressive immigration policy, is largely because of the vast amount of infrastructure that must be paid for by a relatively small number of people. While this is true, many long-time Canadian citizens are naturally extremely concerned about losing out, if meaningful employment or business opportunities can't keep pace with this flow of immigration. This obviously seems to be a pretty big concern for many in the US & Europe right now as well. This is also one of the main issues driving Brexit. The big debate is who to prioritize. Income earning opportunities for our own citizens, or compassion for others in the world who are suffering.

It's painfully obvious however, that the massive global issues such as extreme poverty & climate change are simply not high priorities for America & other affluent countries. The main reason for this is simple. The average citizen in the richer 20 or so countries is far more concerned about their domestic economy, or in other words, their/our ability to achieve or maintain the appearance (and/or) reality of financial success. Also our ability to experience the ultimate turbo-stimulated lifestyles is extremely important to many of us. These two priorities always dramatically trump any concerns more distantly removed from our immediate reality. It's just short & near-sighted thinking, pure & simple.

While it's indeed not possible for all humans on Earth to eat meat (for example), there are in fact plenty of resources for all to eat well & nutritiously. We're just choosing (globally), to prioritize the indulgences of the elite (that's us), over the survival (or health) of the extremely poor. We also don't seem to care much about the survival of all future generations (including our own descendents), as dealing with climate change (to any serious degree), is not really a big priority for most. It seems, that in the minds of many, it really is all about us.

The Republicans are accusing the Democrats of being socialist, and the Democrats are accusing the Republicans of being racist. In my opinion, they both have some valid points, but the viciousness of this election was extremely unhealthy for democracy. As is the case in my own country of Canada, along with many others around the globe, the US is currently a mixture of capitalism and socialism, and has been for a very long time. Things like Social Security, publicly funded education, health care, infrastructure, and employment or disability insurance are all forms of socialism. It basically smooths off the rough edges of pure capitalism, and without it, economies and quality of life (for everyone), in many countries around the world, would suffer greatly. These two parties going at it like gladiators in the US, was very dangerous and destructive. There's almost a religious or cult element to what was going on. Trump definitely believed that he was a God of some sort, and so did many of his followers. Instead of churches, they congregated at rallies & in pick-ups.

It's a huge relief to most in my country (for one), that Biden seeks to set a more unifying and non-hateful tone. Why not "Make America Kind Again" the new mantra? The most important job of any president, is indeed to set this tone, along with the moral compass for their country. Whenever I see the traditional R.I.P. on a tombstone, it makes me wonder why so many believe that we will only find true peace in our lives once we're dead. We can have this while we're still alive folks, we just need to be more aware of what's really going on around us. Biden and Harris seem to really get this, and were unfortunately forced to start off by having to fight for it. Democracy is worth fighting for, and is the only way that any of us in North America, or around the world, will ever be able to achieve or maintain true peace & prosperity on this planet.

Life is a team effort, and no one person, country, race, religion, or party will ever have all the answers. We need each other in a major way, or none of us will survive & thrive for much longer. Life is tricky & complex, & no matter how intelligent a person or group think they are, they'll never know everything. It's time for we the humans of Earth to band together, build each other up, and do this thing called life the better way.

Tribal thinking has more potential to create extremely aggressive, vicious, & destructive behaviour than from any other sociological source. Not just affecting violence, but also basic social interaction. As a species, we had better get a grip on this (fairly quickly), or globally we'll be in some serious trouble very soon. While it's definitely true that some countries seem to function better than others, this does not mean that pockets of our species are somehow more or less significant than others. Cultural diversity also enhances life on Earth overall. One of the main reasons why we travel is to see & experience different cultures. As long as we maintain our sense of equality and respect for all of humanity, and communicate effectively between countries, then our species will head in a positive direction.

When you look at the rock-hard facts & stats, the countries which promote human equality always enjoy vastly superior economic prosperity and overall quality of life. In this fact, there is simply no debate. The basic (& simple) reason for this reality, is that with far less income disparity (regardless of career type), far more members of any given society have plenty of extra money to spend, which is of course the main driving force behind every countries' economy. The other basic factor in this equation, is that virtually every career type is necessary for every society on Earth to function.

There obviously needs to be enough financial incentive for many to become educated or deal with high normal levels of pressure, but again, the proof is in the pudding. Egofest aside, it simply works. Overall quality of life improves not just because of the money (in & of itself), but because of the added respect that it encourages. Every productive member of society should be able to take pride in their work, as all forms of work are necessary to make a society function. We can't all be doctors, lawyers, politicians and rock stars. Everyone knows, basically, which career types pay lousy, and this ultimately sucks much of the joy & respect from these careers. Often, many of these same careers contain huge responsibility levels, and are hugely important to society. Two good examples of this would be auto mechanics & school bus drivers, but obviously scores of different careers fall into this category (and the list is growing).

In my own province of Ontario, Canada, I am very proud to say that the minimum wage was recently raised (Jan. 1, 2018) to $14/hr. from the previous $11. Many small business owners were not happy about this, but what they soon realized, was that the increase in sales far more than compensated for the extra $3/hr. per employee expense. It just takes looking at the bigger picture. When the average person on the street has some extra money to spend, you can bet they are going to spend it, and this drives up sales & revenue (across the board) and the local economy overall.

I am currently one of those small business owners, and have had numerous employees in the past. What I've learned from being on that side of the fence, is that it doesn't take a huge jump in sales and revenue, to create a large jump in profit, even though certain expenses do increase. Capitalism mixed with a bit of socialism does not equal communism. It actually creates an economy that is incredibly rich and inclusive. Without trying to brag, or be overly patriotic, my country is living proof that this economic system works extremely well.