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My naked thoughts on life

  • The most empowering and disempowering virtue of mankind in not that of having principles and ideals but that of sticking to them always.

  • It is impossible for man to attain perfection but great men strive for perfection.

  • Being intelligent but unwise is like a man with sight but no vision.

  • Times of misfortunes and adversity when all odds are overwhemingly against them are the times for the strong and great to emerge and for pretenders to vanish into oblivion.

  • Real achievements and success can truly be realised by taking action, not for the sake of it, but for a real need to act.

  • Love compromises a man’s intellect, it is not reasonable.

  • Love, especially God’s, vindicates economic sense and theory: when there is so much supply there is so little or no demand.

  • Social status is just packaging, the inner core of a human being is no different.

  • Society tends to define weird as minority or what it doesn’t practise, its called societal naivety.

  • Ignorance is better than naivety because natural ignorance is a result of lack of exposure whereas naivety is a result of lack of exposure to sound independent judgement.

  • Breeding and rearing of earth’s flora brings us closer to and reminds us of God even though they have no trademarks of who owns what.

  • Dreams are similar to plants they need to be watered for survival, with inspiration though.

  • A typical politician is one who scorns sowing but values reaping.

  • It is not what he has but rather what he is that makes a man.

  • Inconsistency with logical conviction is flexibility, inconsistency from the gut is prostitution(or maybe confusion).

  • Whilst it may be acceptable not to practise what you believe, when one judges against something it becomes an obligation to act as such.

  • One can never know, if, by daring to see the world differently, one would be foolishly leading oneself to one’s own demise or would be taking the world to another level of knowledge and wisdom, until judgement time.

  • Because natural inclinations will always be a part of us, dignity is found in embracing natural inclinations that add value and ignoring those that destroy.

  • One way that leads to self-destruction is taking people for granted.

  • Modernisation has lead many to lose sight of the things they treasured and valued the most by taking people and things for granted.

  • The most powerful and real levers of happiness in life are the abstract; they are the source of controversies, disbelief, prejudice and contempt.

  • Life is like a maze: if you come across a dead end, you can always change your course and still make it or like a jiggle saw puzzle: you just have to find the missing pieces that fit, or mathematics: there are different methods to getting to the same solution. (There is always HOPE).

  • Be firm with the loose lest they loosen you.

  • Prejudice is someone’s opinion, foolishness is someone’s opinion.

  • It is very healthy at times to turn a blind eye to reality.

  • Nothing can never change the worth of human life, not even prejudice, education, money or social status.

  • The toilet reflects on the level of development.

  • Consistency is no rigidity, rigidity equals consistency minus reason.

  • Love is not a relationship, it is the sharing of a soul.

  • I do not understand love, but I understand why.

  • Contrary to leaders, politicians are not driven by people’s needs but by talking about people’s needs.

  • Politicians do not want to see problems as inherent challenges but as problems caused by the existence of certain people.

  • Politics, in practice, is a point where personal interests replace personal development.

  • Leadership is a person’s loyalty to a people whereas politics is a people’s loyalty to a person.

  • The lazy and cowardly “expect” things to happen, but the inspired “make” things happen.

  • Inspiration is knowing that it is possible.

  • Being principled and consistent is similar to being warm-blooded, the internal body temperature is never changed by the environment.

  • Heaven is a place where nothing can challenge love; it will be felt in its purest of forms.

  • Love is lovely.

  • Hardwork and wisdom are inversely proportional to talkativeness

  • If two men where to be struck in the head by a falling apple, the normal man would lament the pain, the genius would discover the effect of gravitational force.

  • The greatest challenge to expressing pure love is convention.

  • Getting rid of the prejudice within ourselves is the first step in fighting prejudice against us.

  • God is like a good maths teacher, he would never give his students a calculus problem when still pre-school pupils.

  • Life is like mathematics, different formulae can be employed to arrive at the same answer.

  • AFRICA: a sad tale of well schooled, but highly uneducated, efficient managers masquerading as effective leaders, tofanira kuchinja.

  • It appears the more we know the less we understand.

  • One of the reasons why this world is dominated by a poverty mentality is primarily a result of a lie that the economics academics have taught us that: “resources are scarce”.

  • “Submissive proactivity” is when you take the initiative to submit to God, and not to wait for God to avail Himself.

  • The object of living is not finding meaning in life but creating meaning in life.

  • Most of this world’s problems to can be traced back to extremism, be it fanaticism, racism, tribalism, terrorism except love; love is the only form of extremism that develops.

  • Desperation is good; its a clear sign of passion.

  • Anger is good; its a clear sign of energy

  • Envy and jealousy are good; they are clear signs of desire.

  • Snooping is good; its a clear sign of curiousity.

  • Good is the enemy of great. (borrowed)

  • The more abstract something is, the more powerful it is: a spirit is more powerful than a feeling, a feeling is more powerful than a thought, a thought is more powerful than a body.

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Individualistic Indifference and Collective Hatred

As a young boy I was raised in a socialistic family in which values of sharing, interdependence and community contribution where empathized. I remember my good uncle bringing home books and articles on Lenin, Trotsky, Mikhail Gorbachev and the mighty Union Of Soviet Socialist Republic(USSR). USSR was the dream country for me. Then I went to college and embraced the values of independent thinking and personal development and motivation enshrined in the capitalistic ideology of the western world. My college buddies avoided any talk on Jack Welsh or GE because that led to yours truly preaching to them why Jack Welch was the best thing to happen to this (corporate) world.

Socialism:Collective Hatred

Personally i feel, taken in a temperate way, socialism is a noble way of living aimed at reducing injustices created by a class hierarchies in society. It is about sharing this world and contributing significantly to a community you belong to. On the other hand to extremists, socialism is epitomized by a collective hatred of the “rich” by the “poor”. As a young socialist I believed that being rich is “satanic” and I was a favorite of Robin Hood’s “steal from the rich and give to the poor” theme and the story of Jesse James in the movie “American Outlaws”. True socialism then meant hating the rich and having nothing to do with these “greedy bastards”, a collective effort by the poor to hate and fight the rich .

 

Capitalism: Individualistic Indifference

When I went to college I was exposed to ways in which capitalistic men, mostly from America, had challenged widely held beliefs and changed the world. Examples include self-made billionaires like Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller, Henry Ford and recently Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Whilst in college I was lucky to join a group of fired up entrepreneurs in a group called The Success Club that was inspired by Jonah Mungoshi’s Success Coach articles in Fingaz. If the club had to have a handibook it had to be “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki or “Think and Grow” Rich by Napoleon Hill. Our goal was to share resources like books, tapes, videos etc on personal development and wealth generation.

A recent and closer look at the model of capitalism-United States of America has led me to conlude that at the extreme negative end, capitalism is about personal gratification, a focus on personal enrichment without stopping to think about the poor man because the poor man is “generally lazy”. The assumption is wealth is entirely a question of choice and the poor man is poor because he chose poverty-promoting-ways.  One just doesn’t care about what the next man does; on the extreme end its about individualistic indifference.

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Tax and US Presidential Elections

Rich Dad, Poor Dad is an excellent book that brings out fascinating facts on how one can chart their way to riches. One of the valid arguments thrown in the book is how at some point the US government had lost it by taxing the rich more than the poor. From this I learnt that in ‘ideal economic conditions’, individual and societal growth is consequential of a carrot-and-stick policy of taxing the poor more than the rich. This, in ‘ideal conditions’,  works because everyone will strive for riches and as they go up the wealth ladder they pay less and less tax. The carrot is the sweetest of wealth and the stick is the pain of poverty and paying high taxes.  Analysing events in our model of capitalism, the US, reveals that the argument poised by Rich Dad, though valid, is almost unimplementable because ‘ideal economic conditions’ will never exist in this world due, in part, to social injustices.

 

The McCCain-Obama US elections campaigns of 2008 reflect the general thinking of the main positions of politically oriented groups, the left-wing and the right-wing. McCain’s tax policy was aimed at cutting tax for the rich (cut top corporate tax from 35% to 25%, cut top real estate tax from 45% to 15%). Obama’s tax policy on the other hand favors the low to middle class (tax credits of up to $500 to $1000 to poor families and annual college tuition tax credit to $4,000 for students willing to perform 100 hours of community service after graduation). As capitalistic as I’ve become I favoured Obama’s policy (not because of the color of his skin) but because it promotes people to work hard in their communities particularly the tuition credits. Its like a mixture of capitalism and socialism, you are allowed pursue your educational desires but you have to contribute to the well-being of the person next to you through community work. It is optional I suppose but in a true carrot-stick approach.

The point is Rich Dad, Poor Dad, which is very capitalistic, is very factual through and through  but it is incomplete; it leaves out the “ecological” nature of life.

 

Both Extremes Never Work

Capitalism has generally edged socialism as seen by the disintegration of the once mighty USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall and on one hand the economic might of the US and European countries. Socialism failed, in my view, partly, because the Cold War polarized the East into seeing every action of the West as driven by the desire to make more money. They never appreciated the good that capitalistic system offered like individual thinking which fuels innovation and the power of capital in stimulating economic growth. Both Russia and China seem to have realised their mistakes and are slowly embracing the role of capital in society(as evidencd by the Abromaviches). The “umbrella hatred” of the ways of the capitalist seem to be fading in the previously socialistic countries like Libya and to some extent Cuba.  I hope the policies of these countries recognize that allowing individuals to pursue their own endeavors is not bad but stimulates innovation and  that collective hatred of the capitalists blinds them to the good the capitalists does.

However of late there has been a general dislike of US foreign policies because a lot argue that Washington only cares about its economic benefits especially in war-ravaged nations such as Iraq.  This, in my view, is one of the reasons why terrorism is on the increase, a good example being the unfortunate events of 9/11. I hope the US recognises that though independent thinking and survival is essential there is a higher virtue called “interdependence”, and most of US policies reflect some caring for the neighbour next to you and have a genuine desire to share the wealth in this world.  Not caring about the welfare of the next person, individualistic indifference, is sure recipe for disgruntlement among those not benefitting fully from the capitalistic system.