I Am – Therefore I Think.

Consider the following. There are those who can, and there are those who think they can. There are those who think and those who think they think. There are those who portray thinking, but they really don’t, they just think they are thinking.

There are the doers, and the thinkers who think they do, but who really don’t. They are often the first to tell you how you should do it. When faced with the ultimatum of doing it themselves, they often do nothing, because once they thought about it, it was not something they wanted to do anyway. They don’t have the time.

Then there are the thinkers who do little else but think and who when forced to do, think about it so long, that by the time they get around to doing it, it isn’t worth doing. These are most often cousins to the doers who can’t do. Then there are the doers who don’t think – they just blindly do, and then they have to do it again and again – because they should have thought about it more.
There are the “have’s” and the “have not’s” – who when asked are often angry with the “haves” for not freely giving them what they “have not” of.

Newspaper reporters love these people. They live on the left and can’t understand why living over there has given them nothing. The have’s on the right stole it all. They could have it – if the “haves” would have given it up, but the have’s do not – therefore the “have not’s” continue not to have. You can read about them every time there is an event that draws national attention. Like a swarm of hungry fly’s – the reporters zoom in on the “have not” in the background who is holding up signs and yelling obscenities. When they land on him, the “have not” is quick to point out that the entire blame lies with those that have. They will someday become a world leader building on a similar platform of what the “haves” are doing wrong. Saddam, Hitler, or some of our own home-grown pack of Washington Socialist, and a slew of current corrupt world leaders come to mind as being prime examples.

There are those who criticize purely for the sake of having something to say and who make money off of saying it. They are the “do nothings.” They fail to look inward and see where the most of their criticism should be directed. They are the hardest to catch also, for they have a logical argument which usually deals with something long since passed, but does little for the fast approaching future. They are the fist raisers, quick to point out the errors, but never offering a solution. I don’t like these people. They may occasionally hit the mark as all good snipers do, but they only expose one little bit of the problem. In most cases, they snipe and run. Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, or any of the other “Political Pundits” come to mind.

The “do nothings” will sometimes think of a solution, but fail to present it – for fear that it ends up – shock and horror wrong. However, the thinking part allows them to elevate themselves into the realm of the “thinker doer.” However you soon grow tired of them when it becomes clear that they are probably best left as a “have” who never thinks.

The critical issue and primary point of all this, is that come one day, all of these people will sit and ponder the questions of “Was it all worth it?” “What did I accomplish?” “What mark did I make on this world?” and “Will I be remembered for being a “Have,” a “Have Not”, a “Doer” or a “Thinker” who thought themselves out of existence?
Think about it,
or don’t –
it’s up to you.

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Public, Private & Secret

In the 70’s, George Carlin came up with the seven words you couldn’t say on TV. Today, in our new age of the internet and social media, we have a whole new set of rules you can’t say (write) on the internet. I won’t even list them here for fear that someone will actually start following my rants, but you can believe that I have the list in front of me when ever I write a post. Of course I have violated the list many times over the years and I have long suspected that there was a list, but now – I know it. Take a look.
“Dept. of Homeland Security Forced to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites”

In the interest of all fairness to those dedicated people who are working so hard to protect me and my family from zealots who want to harm us, thank you. You have a thankless job, yet you do it well. Do I wish there wasn’t a list? Yes, but I lost that level of innocence a long time ago.

Now to dig a little deeper, is this list subject to being abused? Of course it is, and it could be said to be an invasion of privacy. However, if you want to see an invasion of privacy, you should see the list an ad agencies use. “But Edsson, I have the right to privacy.” Grow up. Anyone who uses the internet or social media, should expect little to no privacy. If you think otherwise, you are kidding yourself. Today, you are encouraged to network, share, link, join and put your entire life history on the internet. You are a wealth of information to every ad agency, government and identity thief out there. All our government (and others) does, is listen and read what you so freely put out. After all, that is what you wanted – isn’t it?
Years ago, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, (Gabriel García Márquez: a Life) once said: “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”
Not anymore Senor Marquez.