IM2 Opinionated is a site that tries to look past the words muttered by our leaders in an attempt to get people to use senses other than their ears. Hopefully this will help people get a true sense of what is going on in their world and the world around them. Although most subjects will be of a serious nature, there will be humor involved as well, because jokes can also shed light on the truth.
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Now, I might not be the most religious guy in the room. I just haven't found one that I felt comfortable believing, but I do feel that I am spiritual. I believe that their is something out there that created us (mankind) or at least had a hand in our creation, but omnipotence and omniscience is a stretch for me. However this higher power rules or guides or treats us is less important to me than how we treat one another. Wouldn't it make sense that if our creator deemed us as his favorite, he or it would want us to treat one another with respect and kindness? Or maybe this almighty doesn't want us to get along. Maybe this life is some kind of stress test for the next one and if that is the case, I don't want any part of it. Personally, I believe that kindness breeds kindness, no matter what religion you belong to. I believe that whatever you put out there comes back to you, and this is actually the point of today's daily observation. What if the America and the world are doing to poorly these days because we have been treating each other with a certain amount of contempt? What if the world continues to worsen as hatred and strife grow around the planet? Maybe something or someone is trying to signal us that the direction we are taking the planet is not the direction hoped for at the beginning of this experiment. To me it seems quite obvious that we might want to diverge from our present course, perhaps even take a few steps back to see where we're going wrong. On the other hand, I could be wrong and the direction that we are heading is just fine: Greed is good, unless you're on the losing end, poverty is not that big of a problem, starvation is nothing that needs to be stamped out and war is the way to go to get to peace.
It seems odd to me that all of those Christian activists (from the 80s) who complained so much about backward, demonic lyrics in rock and roll and rap songs don't seem to have an issue with all of the overt advertisements that tell people to be bad. It seems quite hypocritical that they took groups like Judas Priest to court over some muddled message that could only be understood if you played the record backwards, but not said a word about advertisements that openly attempt to influence the public.
Think about this: It is a marketing firms job to get people to believe the message in their commercials and they are advertising bad behavior. It's not their job to possibly influence behavior or maybe get a few people to lean towards whatever product they're peddling. It is their job to get as many people as possible to not only buy the product, but to also buy the implied way of life that their product promises . . . and it works. Otherwise, we would not have lines aroun…
Sheldon Adelson is working on a deal to develop a Las Vegas style gambling center in Spain (called Euro Vegas) where gambling has been banned for moral reasons. He has already built an similar gambling center in Macau (People's Republic of China), which helped Adelson build his wealth of approximately $25 billion dollars. In Macau, his attempts to manipulate the government have drawn scrutiny from federal and Nevada investigators, but this has not deterred him from moving on with his plans for Spain. Besides being an apparent manipulation of desperate people and countries, doesn't this all seem apocalyptic? A man with more money than he, his family or generations of his family could ever spend seeks to accumulate even more wealth. What is the point of his greed? If Adelson showed an inordinate amount of philanthropy like Charles F. Feeney or even a more modest amount of philanthropy like Bill and Melinda Gates (which is still extraordinary), it would make sense, but thi…
If our leaders refuse to take action, we must. America is falling behind the rest of the world in so many ways it's difficult to name them all, but here are a few: Our roads and bridges are catastrophes in waiting; poverty is on the rise after decades of supply side or trickle down economics; the banks have taken millions of homes away from families who now live in cars, motels or on the street; we incarcerate non-violent offenders and illegal immigrants at alarming rates that serve only to disenfranchise far too many of our fellow citizens; our laws seem to protect and represent only the most affluent in society more than not and seem immoral upon close scrutiny. And, all the while, we're all forced to live by the actions of fewer than 600 people, who oftentimes have agendas which are not conducive to a cohesive, fair and compassionate leadership.
We can sit, watch and wait as things continue to get worse for the majority or the people of the United States or we ca…