Friday, October 18, 2013

Random Thoughts

It's amazing how people become and are friends, demonstrating the nuances and peculiarities of our inherent social nature. Everyone has their circles too, each with stories and each telling the same stories as everyone else's circles. This being the case, why then can't we all get along better? Do circles inherently fear the infiltration of other circles, despite the similarities?

Things that rekindle my anger upon reflection:

  • Don Denkinger & Game 6 of the 1985 World Series.
  • Jethro Tull winning a Grammy over Metallica for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental" in 1989.
  • Walnut Grove being blown up & St. Elsewhere being made up.
  • Scott Stevens "compensatory" trade from the St. Louis Blues to the New Jersey Devils in 1991.
  • Re-election of Barack Obama. (Didn't fool me the first time. Twice? The Who have a song about not being fooled again.)

Cinnamon is everywhere & in everything, especially during the autumn/winter seasons. I hate Cinnamon - the smell, the taste. Yuck. It reminds me of bad, stale incense, if there is such a difference. (You the cheap stuff you buy as a college student on a budget looking to mask your dorm room pot smoking. Hypothetically speaking.)

What is with people interrupting & getting ahead of a story by interjecting their assumptions before a person is finished telling it? It's annoying, & these people need to be stopped.

When did a trip to the eye doctor become such a hassling terror? We've gone from simply reading an eye chart to having our eyeballs bombarded with probing lights, stress tests & "dilation" fluids...that prevent the ability to see anything ALL DAY. I just want to renew my prescription, not feel like aliens have probed me.

It would be refreshing if people were as fired up about real issues as much as they are about absolute nonsense. Then again, it would be relieving if others would chill & calm down with their nonsense when discussing real issues.

If you can't drive it, don't buy it. This is especially true in parking lots, where the concept of dimensions, depth & distance seem lost on some people as they painfully creep in & out of parking spaces.

Scientists recently stated that the Earth would leave the Sun's "habitable zone" in about 1.75 billion years. If you've kept up on current events the last century or so, seems humanity left the habitable zone a long time ago.

It's not that I think I'm better than most people & the rules don't apply to me; it's that I know I'm better than most people & the rules don't apply to me.

Realize the providence that guides our choices, even if you don't believe. Or don't want to believe. Yet, every choice we make is in fact a leap of faith, the confidence that we have chosen wisely...& that itself can be divine.

©2013 Steve Sagarra

Friday, October 4, 2013

Our Revels Now Have Ended?

When discussions on the American Revolution occur in the modern era, there generally is a falsely rosy assumption that all colonists backed it. Forgotten, glossed over or outright omitted in the narrative are those colonists, known as Loyalists, who remained steadfastly dedicated to King George III and the British Empire. Despite the lack of acknowledgement, they encompassed a fair portion of the population throughout the thirteen American colonies. As the Obama Administration, as well as the Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi cabal, attempts to steer the country toward a socialized, more European-style one, the question has to be asked:  have the Loyalists returned, and are they winning? Some even have called for the establishment of a modern-day American monarchy, and still others who believe our form of republicanism, and the Constitution itself, antiquated if not an abomination.

Certainly, the Founding Fathers would barely recognize, if at all, our current governmental structure. Undoubtedly, a majority would abhor the authority and power of the centralized government that has occurred just within the last few decades. There is a reason it is called the United STATES of America – because it is a republic of States (plural) and citizens, theoretically, united in common cause, to whom the federal level, theoretically, is to answer. Not vice versa. As Ayn Rand stated, “Either we believe that the State exists to serve the individual or that the individual exists to serve the state.” Thankfully, there are a few modern rebel patriots – Rand Paul, Ted Cruz – emulating these forebears of limited government thought attempting to reign in the continual onslaught of federal overreach and bureaucracy. Not to mention endeavoring to thwart those who wish to dismantle the vision of “American exceptionalism” first set forth by our founders.

With the growing, and seemingly uncompromising, divide that exists between today’s left and right ideologies, we are on the cusp of a new revolution toward either the profound or the catastrophic. Categorically, we must do more to ensure the former, and everything possible to prevent the latter.

Not just for the United States, but for the world.

©2013 Steve Sagarra