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A defining moment

One ordinary day at home I decided to have a banana for a snack. Peeling it sparked an epiphany about life that made me a better person. It was a comparison of me to the simplicity of peeling the banana, which was no different to what virtually all of us do. I have a daily awareness now without concentrating on the experience.

I would like to think that when success comes from the patent pending technology’s performance in commerce it wouldn’t change my persona; I don’t know. But, having the broader perspective on life, I feel confident that I won’t change. It’s also because I want my legacy to testify of my contribution to the United States especially being a better place at my death than it was at my birth. (Ref: Renaissance in Corporate America.)

Needless to say, virtually every time I even pick up a banana it triggers the memory of that experience. I would like to share it with you. If it affects you to any degree, seeing or peeling a banana is likely to be a reminder of what life really is and is not.

The lesson

A banana is recognized by its hull. The quality of the fruit is judged by its appearance: not ripe enough, just right, too ripe, or beginning to decay.

If the banana falls to the ground, the hull would shield the meat from collecting dirt particles that would make it uneatable. The hull also protects the meat from the air, which would cause it to turn brown.

Your hull would consist of your assets, profession, social status, and education. Just as a banana is judged by its hull, you are judged by your’s.

You should not feel over confident by what comprises your hull. It CANNOT stop accidents, diseases, or bad circumstances, neither can it guarantee fulfillment.

Peeled banana

The news media occasionally gives heartbreaking reports of celebrities facing dire circumstances and/or suffering from illnesses that prove to be terminal. But, nothing that defines them can help.

Just as it happens to them it could happen to you and me. It’s that one second [00:00:01] in a day that could instantly turn our lives in completely different directions. It could peel away our hulls quicker than we peel bananas. What remains would be the “The real YOU/ME”: fragile and virtually helpless; no control over situations.

That would prove that life truly DOES NOT consist only of the abundance of things that one possesses. It would also prove what a person truly is in comparison to the perception that her/his hull gives others: nothing more than a mere person that like everyone else experiences life’s vicissitudes, ages, die, and decays.

You undoubtedly have insurances on your personal possessions to protect yourself against financial loss incase of fire, accident, theft, vandalism, and natural disasters. You likely have health insurances so that you incur no financial losses from the cost of doctor visits, hospital bills, prescriptions, and other cost for health care. If you have a family, you would have life insurances to guarantee their financial security after your demises.

Paying the monthly premiums is what guarantees the coverage specified in policies. Making the payments may require making some sacrifices: fewer new clothes, less dining out, smaller house and car, and etc.  Whatever sacrifices necessary to have the monthly payments you make willingly because of the returns.

The question is, what assurance would you have for making the right decision when facing crucial issues, such as deciding on the treatment for a potentially terminal medical diagnosis, handling personal conflicts, dealing with family crisis, critical business matters, and etc? Such instances are when it’s not uncommon to hear people refer to dependency on higher powers for guidance.

Virtually all of us have to navigate matters that are to big for us to handle alone. They may be relative to personal issues, a spouse, children, parent, or friend. As for me, the basis of my conviction for navigating life is defined in Scientific Reasoning: the Catalyst for Evidence.

The reality check

The experience reminded me of a poem I heard a few years ago: “The Dash Poem”. The author, Linda Ellis, recites it on YouTube:

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My dash must be comprised of more than me making money. Otherwise, I would personify the cliche by the unknown who said, “he who lives to make money dies poorly”: just a “blip” in time with no memorial for having lived.

Amongst the content of my dash are living out my Spiritual convictions, having success (as defined by Ralph Waldo Emerson), and pursuing my object for Renaissance in Corporate America.


The Wall Street Bull

The Wall Street bull must be brought down!  Otherwise, the trampling from its constant rampage will harm us even more.  Namely, we will continue to be victimized by corporate America’s unfair practices of putting profit before people: downsizing to translate the savings into profits, the two tier wage-system, the systematic eradication of the middle-class, outsourcing, forcing fewer employees to do double their workloads, and etc.  Our hope is that we, jointly and severally, possess the God-given intellect to stop the bull: change corporate America’s mind-set.

army antA species of ant in Africa known as the “driver ants”, sometimes referred to as “army ants”, could be used to make a strong point. These vicious creatures have been known to kill tarantulas, lizards, birds, snakes, and pigs. Usually larger animals can get away from the oncoming ant army, but if they are caught off guard or sleeping, these could become eatables for the hungry armies.

Google Books states some facts about army ants.  On page 17, “Ants cannot swim, and they are so small that the slightest current can carry them away.  These problems do not stop them from crossing streams and rivers.  Soldiers and works can use their bodies to make a “living bridge” across a small stream.  For larger stretches of water, the ants link their bodies to make “living rafts” that can float the colony across.”  

Another amazing fact from Google Books (pg 29) is “that army ants have been known to kill and eat animals as large as horses”.  A single ant is less that 1/millionth the size of a horse and therefore no threat to it.

The point is that comparable to one ant, one person would be insignificant relative to what he/she can do to deter the bull on Wall Street: the cause of the USA’s economic situation. But, by networking, we would be a force to be reckoned with: the matador that could stop the bull.

Consider this. There has not been a war within the contiguous United States since the American Civil War (1861-1865). Since that time Americans have never experienced casualties of war and fears as people in war-torn countries have and do because of enemy-nations.

All we have known is “freedom”, which reflects in our attitudes. We have consequently become so used to the word that we just assume that we will do whatever we want to do (within the boundaries of the law) regardless to the opinions of others. Consequently, virtually all of us have at times used the phrase, “no body’s going to tell me what to do”, and often with a degree of arrogance whether it was realized or not.  If we didn’t say it, we proved it by our actions, which speak louder than words.

Corporate America is using such mind-sets as leverage against us without us realizing the consequential effects. One example would be the automobile industry’s outsourcing the manufacturing of cars to foreign countries and importing them to the USA for us to purchase.

Corporate executives obviously give no consideration to the fact that the people that lost jobs to the domino effects of outsourcing do not have the money to buy the imports. The execs play on the psychology of self-centered freedom-minded people who are not paying attention to the big picture: the consequential long-term effects on our economy.

The buyers don’t consider that purchasing imports encourages outsourcing, which contributes to their unemployment, that of their family members, friends, acquaintances and others.  For examples, many of the unemployed were from American suppliers to the car companies and other auto-related companies that closed because of outsourcing.

Individually, it is impossible to affect the decision making of corporate America. But, collectively, we could if we would have a cohesive mind-set like Army ants that bring down big animals that weigh more than a battalion of ants. Namely, we could simply refuse to buy cars that are not manufactured in the United States. Our actions would tell the manufacturers to sell the cars where they were made.

It is a fact that some foreign manufactured cars are cheaper and others are more expensive and even look better than domestic companies’ products. But, the sacrifice we make today to buy cars and other products manufactured here could be the price that we pay for job security today and for succeeding generations. Otherwise, our “freedom” could boomerang and devastate us even more economically with a much worse domino effect on succeeding generations. It’s back to the quote from Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

We don’t need to organize a movement. It would be up to individuals to make personal decisions about personal feelings for the succeeding generations and our country.

Think about it! . . . if tenacity and cohesiveness enables army ants to bring down a horse, we could exhibit the same characteristics and bring down the Wall Street bull in three to five years, i.e. change Wall Street’s mind-set.

My personal plan is to use the patent pending invention to contribute to the cause as detailed in Renaissance in Corporate America.

I would presume to say that you also have an idea for an invention that for whatever reason(s) you didn’t pursue. But, now you should. Its success in commerce could enable you to escape being subjected to corporate America’s unfair practices and conceivably start a new business. Please see About You.

Made in America Lastly, the state of our economy necessitates that we go promote “Made in America”. Our future depends on it. Not doing so would contribute to the Inevitability of A New USA.


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