Online Journal (Entry #004)

Hello everyone; R.S. Noel coming at you today with another post. I’ll be talking about something different today; unrelated to the work I’ve been working on for the last 14 years!

Today, I’ll be discussing two very important things. The first thing I’ll be talking about, is the importance of communities. The second thing I’ll be discussing in this post, are the effects, and reasons, as to why leaders make some of the choices they make.

We live in such uncertain and ever-shifting times, and I think it’s important to note that we as a people are the only ones who have our own backs. We need to work together as a community, in some way or form. It may seem useless or completely impossible, but even the communities here online are a great starting point. It reminds us of the importance of having support, of having each other’s backs during hard times. I’m glad that I’ve already begun to meet some incredible people on here, and I’m grateful for all of the chance-meetings I’ve had with most of you guys. It makes me wonder why we as a people don’t do this in real life like we used to before in the “old days” (long before the first Industrial Revolution, when life was more simple and communities actually mattered to the survival of a people).

Most of what’s happening in the world today is caused by those who either have one of three things: influence, currency, or power.

These three things are the most damaging, yet also, can be the most positive, thing to exist in the world. When you use influence, currency, or power for the betterment of a society, or even a nation, you start to see change slowly seep through many smaller communities within the area’s affected by such actions. It’s incredible how weak we can be without these three aspects to social life. I’ve seen some amazing and smart individuals who would otherwise make really great leaders, but unfortunately, life didn’t deal them a good hand, so to speak. They were greatly disadvantaged in life, and thus, it has taken them a longer time to achieve their goals and dreams due to the fact that they’ve had to work harder than any rich person ever has to work in their entire life. 

But that’s the good news, we are given the opportunity in America to achieve our end-goals (even if it may not seem so. Just remember that the rest of the world is even more unfair outside of the U.S.A). We’re given the chance to obtain knowledge through education, and moreover, we’re given the chance to really thrive and make a difference in the world. It’s not a matter of being privileged that makes you a happy person. It’s what you decide to do with what you have with your life that makes a person happy. Materialism is just a means of filling that void in the American workforce. 

I’ve come to understand that materialism is a necessity for those working office/corporate/other white-collar jobs. Because at the end of the day, after all of that mental power being used, and also with all of the work-related stress, people just want to “tune-out” and enjoy the small time of freedom they received after going back to their apartment or house. That’s why there’s that famous question that you’re bound to be asked eventually in your own life; if you haven’t been asked it already: “Would you rather be dirt-poor, but have love in your life? Or would you rather be wealthy (have a lot of money), but be extraordinarily miserable in your personal life?”

But that’s another thing that we don’t often talk about in our society. There are a lot of forms of corruption which further influence the decisions of those in positions of leadership. It’s so easy to bend to the will of evil deeds, which is defined as anything for personal gain in some shape or form. In some way, this side of leadership is necessary. It’s the only way an empire exists, the only way a nation can continue to thrive while other nations suffer from such actions being taken to “rule” as the “best” country/nation. These are just a couple of things we don’t teach our people; because if people learned the truth of why we’re so fortunate in 1st world countries, the people would become either 1 of 2 things: 1) greatly angered and disgusted, 2) even more heartless than they are already.

We see the world in “black and white”, and the truth is, life is so incredibly colorful in the range of the differences in our own complex lives, that there really is no single way to define our existence or even the current affairs of the global society at large.

I used to think that it was incredibly shocking how willingly ignorant people were in life; when I was young. But now that I’m older, I’ve realized people are merely trying to survive or make a living worth “living for”. It’s a new “serf-system”, where we’re all playing in the continual rat-race of trying to “one-up” our competition. This is true throughout all facets of our lives. That’s just the simple fact of life; there’s no going around it.

Once again, our reaction to these things are what make our lives changed in some form. It’s much easier to say that “we must always make room for our loved ones as well”, but the truth is, we have become desensitized in our lives thanks to corporate America and consumerism. I’ve discovered that capitalism is actually not all that bad; in fact, it’s the only form of freedom we have in our lives. It just so-happens to be run and controlled by big business. I believe in helping small business. Eventually, I believe business should “go out of business” in order to allow newer business to thrive; thus allowing for more distribution of wealth. Might seem like “sacrifice”, but truth be told, the sacrifices made by those in positions of leadership are what makes life thrive for all of us as a society.

Anyways, I think I’ll be ending this post for today. I enjoyed delving deeper in the issues that are plaguing are world today. I know that some of these issues are “larger than life”, but sometimes, it’s just good to get it off one’s chest. I feel renewed in a way and ready to really try my best and continuing to work hard, and maybe one day, make a real difference in the world. That’s my ultimate goal, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop until I’ve achieved it.

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

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