No Thank You

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Memorial Day gets me stirred up with revolutionary thoughts. Makes me want to turn the tables on current paradigms, and question all the popular patriotic norms. Time and time again you will hear, “Thank you for your service.” – But not from me. No, no thank you. And in this short video I illustrate why…

Some follow up thoughts to this video…

By no means am I suggesting we need to disparage or disrespect veterans. And without doubt they are due any financial, scholastic, and medical benefits promised them. I simply want to let go of the nationalistic glorification of any and all military involvement. The unquestioning military-worship which is pressed into us from birth through schooling, movies, music, TV, and video games.

So rather than the automatic, “Thank you” what CAN you say when you meet a veteran? Perhaps simply, “Hello” or, “Nice to meet you.” If the mood feels right it may be an opportunity to start a dialogue. Ask, “What was your experience in the military like?” or, “Why did you join?” It may lead to an exchange of viewpoints, finding out what you have in common, or where you disagree. In the right setting you may get to ask, “How do you feel about being thanked for your service?”

In any event, it never hurts to do a self inventory on habits and auto-actions. Check your premises. Question motivations. Live free.

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Libertarian Buddhist

 

Two schools of thought I follow. Two philosophies which guide me and also inform and inspire each other. You may agree with what I have to say or have quite differing beliefs. Either way I hope it provides a window into my own heart, and perhaps brings a smile or two along the way.

 

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Escape Room Tips and Wisdom from Your Gamemaster

For those of you who don’t know, I work at the Escape Room KC as manager and Game-Master. It is a super fun gig where I get paid to “People watch” much of the day. One can learn a lot about humans from watching them in these intense situations. Watch these suggestions to get the most out of your Escape game and more.

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Oroville Dam and Optimism on the Titanic

Some Valentine’s Day morning coffee thoughts. Questions really. How can we stay positive and optimistic, while acknowledging big problems and preparing for bigger ones?

 

Also be sure to check out the Chris Martenson (Peak Prosperity) interview with Scott Cahill about the Oroville, CA dam.

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Before You Speak (or tweet)

A very old adage prescribes that before you speak something consider whether it passes the following: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? These have also been called the three gates or three sieves. I offer my own three questions as an alternative or at least an addition to those above…

Does it assume your listener feels and believes the same way you do?

Can you allow someone to disagree with you without turning them into a monster?

Will it piss people off simply for the sake of pissing people off?

I hope you find these questions and the accompanying video of value. Peace, Ned

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