Own, owe, or use?

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“Ownership” is over-rated – and so is money. Access, use, and control are MUCH more “valuable” and important. It is usually better to “own” very little – but be able to “access”, “manage”, “control”, or have actual, physical, or virtual (temporary or “permanent”) custody of whatever is needed or desired (through properly “structuring” business and personal affairs, agreements, and ideas about “ownership”).

There are MANY different ways people who do not “own” an “asset” (or “resource”) can still benefit from it. Continue reading

Even the Lone Ranger Wasn’t

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Cooperation almost always benefits everyone more than competition – especially since everything (and everyone) is ultimately (and sometimes intimately) connected (in one way or another). To be (or to “go it”) alone is often to be cut off and dis-connected. Independence is actually a MYTH – pretending to Make Yourself The Hero (and ignoring most of “All Your Relations”). Continue reading

Hi Ho Silver, Away!

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You don’t have to be The Lone Ranger, wear a mask, or even ride a horse, to appreciate the value of SILVER. Silver has been used and valued around the world for thousands of years – and is becoming increasingly “dear”. “Rein” in whatever you can get hold of – before the price of silver starts to run away.

If SILVER is your “horse”, you should ride, ride, ride. Continue reading

I.O.U.S.A., Inc.

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On each side of WATER are BANKS – which contain and control the flow, or CURRENT. What most people think of MONEY is actually (fiat) CURRENCY flowing from and controlled by (“financial”) CENTRAL BANKS. Unlike MONEY, neither CURRENT paper nor digital CURRENCY has ANY inherent VALUE – or “redeemable” backing by anything that does. Federal Reserve NOTES are NOT MONEY. They are instruments of DEBT. Continue reading

What Is Money?

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The most basic definition of MONEY is whatever COMMODITY (be it a product, service, or information) that is perceived to have the most EXCHANGE VALUE for what we desire. Getting what we desire often requires trading, bartering, or otherwise exchanging something for something else (be it our time, attention, knowledge, labor, possessions, connections, future possibilities, or even lives). Continue reading

Trash or Treasure?

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One man’s trash is often another man’s treasure.”

Waste is what is left over, seldom used, and usually discarded (rather than retained and re-purposed). What is wasted is lost.

In nature there is zero waste. Everything is used for something. Everything has a use and a purpose. Everything has value. Anything not used as food or raw material for something else is converted to and used as energy. Actually, everything that exists is energy.

Energy can not be created or destroyed – but it can and often does change form. Continue reading

Internet Marketing Secrets Revealed

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The internet is now a major medium of exchange – where marketers are adept at offering things with perceived value in exchange for as much money as you will give them. The most common offer starts out as “free” – and yet can result in a lot of money changing ownership.

Most internet markers follow a well-established sequence of upsell and downsell offers. Knowing this structure is a way for them to get more money out of you. It can also be a way for you to get more out of them while hanging onto more of your money. Continue reading

A Game to Remember

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I only saw the last 35-minutes of the 2008 (professional American football) “Super Bowl”. As it turns out, that’s where most memorable action and drama took place. I haven’t really followed or cared about football since I played, started, and “lettered” as a Defensive End/Outside Linebacker in high school. Football was only one of several sports I played. My favorite sports at the time were probably a toss-up between basketball, track, and waterpolo. I haven’t kept up or even heard of some of the current professional teams now playing (football), let alone any of the players. But one football player made a very positive and lasting impression – and he wasn’t even in the game! Continue reading

Managing Resources Rather Than Waste

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We live in a “throw away” culture – that wastes much of its precious resources – including people and their potential to contribute. As a society, we are HUGE “consumers”. We not only USE far more energy and manufactured/material goods, let alone food, than we “need” (especially in proportion to our population) but we also produce more unnecessary “waste” than EVER before! Continue reading

Pursuit is Optional

The “pursuit” of happiness is neither “required” nor an unalienable “right” (endowed by a “Creator”).

Happiness need not be pursued to be experienced. Happiness is an emotion. Humans can be he happy or not at any time both for and without any reason – regardless of what they do or do not do or pursue. Pursuit also does not necessarily lead to attainment. Anyone’s happiness or lack of it has more to with their own attitudes and choices than their “rights”. And with the possible exception of some artificially inseminated or cloned creatures cultivated from conception to “completion” in a laboratory, no human has been “created” since the Biblical “Adam” (and “Eve”); humans are “born” – and sometimes “again”.

Whether (or not) we are happy (once or again and again), on the other hand, is a “condition” humans can “create” – regardless of circumstances. Happiness is in many ways a habit – related to perspective. How we view things and the meaning we give them influences how we feel. The more we see and feel a certain way, the easier it is to do so. Regardless of personality, temperament, or circumstance, anyone can be happy – and the more often someone is happy, the more likely, easily, often, and longer he or she will be happy again.

Life and liberty are also not really (God-given) “rights” (or “properties”). Death is inevitable and can occur at any time. Ideas, ideals, and ideologies regarding freedom, liberty, and justice (for anyone, let alone for all) seldom seem seen in society. Tyranny, terrorism, slavery, and servitude are more the rule than the exception.

A “right” is what is “left” – defined and defended (as more than just a “privilege”); it must be protected to be preserved. A sense of “entitlement” (and “expectation” without action) often leads to the “erosion” of “rights” and the expansion of “wrongs” (either “experienced” or perceived to “exist”). While nobody may be “entitled” to “happiness” and the “reasons” anyone ever is or is not “happy” are entirely their own, no “right” or permission is ever needed (from others) to feel however someone may (desire to). With life comes the “liberty” to perceive and experience what we can – including happiness. Emotions and (imaginary) “rights” are more likely to be “elusive” and “at risk” when pursued rather than when practiced. Pursuit is optional – as is happiness itself.

Viva La Difference!

Women are equal to men? All men were created equal? Neither was ever so – nor need be.

Equality is a myth. Not even twins or clones are equal. Even your own body is not symmetrical and balanced. We are all unique and different (just like every else) – not necessarily in any or all ways better or worse nor more or less worthy or deserving but certainly none of us the same or equal. In every Socialist State, Secret Society, Animal Farm, or Family, some are always “more equal” than others.

We all have talent(s) – but some have more or less than others. What anyone else may or may not have has little to do with what we may. Some of us will always be taller or shorter, darker or lighter, fatter or skinnier, stronger or weaker, faster or slower, and more or less able or accomplished compared to others at any given time. Even though we may all have more in common than not, it is our differences that make us who we are.

Equality is not needed. It would be better to help each other appreciate and develop both our own and others’ assets and attributes than to pretend we are or should be (treated) all equally (and interchangeably) the same regardless of who or how we are and what we may or may not do, desire, need, care about, or be capable of.

All that glitters is not gold; nor is gold always best. A “talent” was an ancient measure of silver – and ability.

It much not enough to merely “have talent”; like “potential”, for it to be worth anything, it must be recognized, developed, and applied. Education and encouragement cannot guarantee enthusiasm, let alone “evolution”. Innate talent is often more important than acquired skill and experience, but talent without acquired skill and experience is seldom of much use or value – especially compared to those who (continually) cultivate theirs.

Identifying, edifying, and appreciating your assets, attributes, and innate talents creates more than just a silver lining in life but a glittering glimmer in your eyes worth more than gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, or any other measure of material wealth. Gems are clearly not the only nor best (measure of) “riches” – but like them, much of our “real” and perceived value comes from being both rare and genuine.

Invest time, energy, and effort into increasing your own worth. Don’t try nor desire to be like anyone else.