Hello, sorry I was gone today. Because of transportation issues, I was up at 6:30 a.m., was driven to the city about an hour away, and sat and waited
for my ride to return. I was picked up about 12:30 and went to my mother's for dinner and left around 8 p.m.
I'm not used to stuff like that.
A strange thing happened though, I started off in a coffee shop and put in about an hour or an hour and a half there. I sat at a little table and
looked around. There were people in the shop, at least I don't have any reason to think they weren't people. It seemed as though there were two or
three planes of glass between me and anyone else. I had the strange idea (no evidence, remember) that they were a different species. Superficially
looking like people, but they really weren't.
My posture was erect, almost formal, and my only movement was to turn my head to look at those in the shop, and raise or lower my right hand to drink
A very dear friend of mine sent me a message saying that I was looking tired in these posts, and should recharge my batteries. I probably am tired,
but have no idea how to recharge. I understand illness, mechanical breakdown, weather, things like that. I also understand that people, being
people, will always make mistakes and be as much of a sinner as I am. But with all that, I'm still bothered when the "Beach bully" kicks down a
"Sand castle" that had been months in the making. I don't know how to explain it, other than to say I put too much trust in some people.
"Peace is balance?" Maybe, but I'm not completely convinced. Consider the composer who dedicate his life to writing more and more beautiful
music. He hires a secretary to take care of business and prepare his meals. Every day his spirit soars as he finds new music to give to the world on
paper. Certainly unbalanced, but I'd argue that he is at peace.
What do you think about "Being and doing what you are supposed to?" Supposed to? Consider natural law which can be found in the moral guides of
American Indians, Ancient Egyptians, Old Norse, and more. Might that be peace?
Guohua did tell me about two articles, I'd hate to think that we are so childish that we would let our concern for each other be overwhelmed by
partisan feelings. Besides, they raise questions which can be dealt with using our minds.
In the first article, the Federal Reserve releases it's report on incomes in the United States. They cover a three year period all of 2011, 2012,
and 2013. They divided the population into ten groups, the highest income 10%, lowest income 10%, and all of the 10% groups in between. They looked
at the median income for each group (half are above and half are below). They found that the highest income 10% saw their median income go up.
Every other group saw their incomes go down. Of course, this means an increase in inequality, and extra income to those already enjoying high
incomes, while the middle-class (Heck, everybody else) takes a hit.
The second article concerns comments made by the President of Mexico. Here are the first three paragraphs of the article:
On Monday, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto called on other states to "evolve" like California so the United States can be more like his
Appearing with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown in Los Angeles, Peña Nieto called for amnesty legislation and more
open borders while blasting governors who have taken a tough stance on illegal immigration.
"This is the other Mexico," Peña Nieto reportedly said of the United States, which is home to an estimated 11 million Mexican immigrants, according
to the Los Angeles Times. (corrections to last paragraph to bring it into line with the LA Times article.)
I am honored to be counted as a Hernando with the rest of you. It's a real high point for me.