Standing on the shoreline of a large pond or small lake in Morgan County, West Virginia is a prime spot for quiet contemplation. This part of West Virginia is very special and yet, because it is so geographically close to Washington, D.C., it may be ignored by Charleston, the city-capitol of West Virginia State. However, the people and myself, we love the landscapes.
I have not posted in weeks. The stress’s of cohabitation got to me as relocate to the country and return to the city. There are exciting developments in the works. I’ve found middle-ground between extended family and the steel, stone and glass canyons of Manhattan. More to come in late Winter.
Remembering the spiritual and physical devastations of war keep me vigilant. We live in a world that sees unimaginable horror and too often we are silenced by it. Although fear can be deadly, like a malot it can cause liberty to reverberate as a drum. We must speak up when we see wrong. Yet we should not rush to judgments, especially in circumstances we were uninvolved. Should we do the alternative, there are big risks. We lose the good feelings of life and risk as a society, forgetting the great losses that can come to all nations and sides in war. This is evidenced by the wounded soldiers who returned from the regional and global conflagrations of the 1940s and today. We can all do better.
It’s important to continue learning. Whether you are retired or lead a large company, it’s important to keep the brain active and engaged. Yet, there can be limits to what a diploma from higher education can do. There are many business leaders possessing post-graduate diplomas of little or no direct functionality in their work-lives. Such leaders may have significant personal transitions or changed industries. In another paradigm, there are high school graduates with careers that are intellectually stimulating, specialized and well-compensated. Such graduates have gone on to create and lead good organizations.
Corporate and Personal Liability Affect Higher Education Needs
Leaders can decide to hone skill through various kinds of executive certification, experimentation and through experience. They may study independently, such as with board support or engage with a private tutor. Some aspiring business leaders may quite naturally and even impulsively enroll in extensive academics, but this can have detrimental effects. It may be wise to avoid the impetus to go in the direction of university academia solely for the sake of tradition or as some kind of class signifier. In nations like the USA, there are specific democratic philosophies that allow social creativity, especially when it comes to learning and updating skill-sets. However, when it comes to professions that can incur great corporate or personal liability, an extensive, well-honed education program at a university is usually the best route. Yet, most business does not generate extensive liability in generating revenue.
Maintaining and increasing profitability is a major part of most business. Organizations may need to innovate to meet that objective. However, university academia instills little innovative skill in their individual disciplines because they must follow established procedures (research at universities are an exception). One may then rightfully conclude devoting precious resources (initially) to traditional education can be a detriment, especially if one has already attained some level of advanced skill.
Circa March 15 2020 through April 5 2020
It has been a time of great change in global economics and general lifestyle. No one knows what happens if and when the epidemic subsides. People are isolating to help those with unknown health problems survive the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Personally, the Pandemic has forced me to make changes to the new publication and my personal life. I can’t go to the sports club or physically shop travel and tech gear. My publishing is limited to a residential desk; the office and open libraries are place to avoid as the virus clusters in American towns. The first days of the closures gave people needed rest; many are coughing or seem tired.
Ohers contemplate a future when the shutdown ends. There is evidence people remain interested in tourism but have postponed events until 2021 (I will upload sources soon). People and companies are designing cures. Online webcams allow telework and work for home options for digitally based businesses. In the interim, there are cardiovascular exercises and juices to stimulate a well person’s immune system.
On Facebook I have listed contacts to assist the people of NY. China donated equipment. As of April 5, 2020, the rebounding city of New York has promised media outlets it will help other cities and towns fight the epidemic as stated through the Mayors and Governor’s Office.
This post was made remotely with limited screen real estate. I apologise for any grammatical errrors I can’t fix now.
There is a new lifestyle project that will offer unique experiences on and off the web. However it’s still in production, so I’ve had to reduce posts.
People gravitate towards one of two New Year Dispositions during the supposed Great Reset. Either it’s just a random time we as a society decide to recycle a particular calendar and clock, or it is the real start of something physically and spiritually anew. Who we are as a people guide us between these outlooks.
The events of the past color the mind’s perspective too. For example, if a person has been through tragedy, the restart of the calendar year can be opportunity to start afresh and to put pain firmly in the past. However, if the person has lived comfortably or uneventfully, the new year may be just another day.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the yearRalph Waldo Emerson
In the ways that matter, the New Year Event is a marker of growth and process. It is not just a series of days. Perhaps it is best to see the New Year as it is presented- as a time for something new, a rebirth, the recycling of the calendar year, a potential for renaissance and even a time of acknowledged pain.
We Know Pleasure, But Pain?
Humanity as it exists today cannot avoid suffering. Some Buddhists believe this is a fundamental aspect to all existence. This philosophy can be applied to the New Year Event. Can the pain or pleasure of passing the previous year actually be hidden growth? Pleasure is humanity’s default preference. What if an individual opens their mind to the negative aspects of pleasure – to the positive aspects of spiritual pain?
Suffering, angst and even pain should be respected and in some ways appreciated; pleasure alone is fleeting, superficial and can even be detrimental. Consider the brave men and women who sit for an artist to inject liquid art into the soft, decaying and then regenerating canvas of human skin.
Peculiar Pleasures of the Mind
It is frequently described as pain, yet ask almost any tattooed individual and they will admit a peculiar pleasure and pride for the sensation of being pierced by the needle. For some it’s an exquisite torture. Can the New Year Event then be strangely like an exquisite tattoo?
A Grand Procession of the Heart
The New Year is the vague anticipation of a new, physical imprint on the canvas of the mind-spirit as well as the biological clock. The imprint is itself a kind of artform practiced in a grand procession of methodologies. The New Year is done with concept- however simple or complex, the individual must assign meaning. It is for the needle of time that the membrane of skin that separates atmosphere from organ is pierced and in rythmic syncopation, a grand epic is etched upon the echoing chambers of the pulsating heart.