A blog arrived dated the 5th of December 2011. I will not reproduce it here because of its length. It was a remarkable document. It clearly outlined a number of points. Each of the points was backed up with any number of references. This individual certainly did his homework.
As I read it through, I first thought, “This is a remarkably tongue in cheek document”. At first, it seemed clear that he was stating obvious untruths so that everyone would immediately recognize the untruths and have a good laugh. Reading further, it became clear he was serious about these points. I will just name a few of these items in brief.
1) “There is plenty of good news out there”
2) “The recession officially ended in June of 2009″
3) “The unemployment rate is falling”
4) “The stock market has risen 53% recently and is still cheap”
I was enjoying each point and the irony of each statement until he included some points that were at least partially true. Then I realized he really believed what he was saying. How sad. He ended by expressing his distress over negative thinking about “tough times”. In effect, he was urging that we look up and rejoice because “Happy times are here again”.
Reading this piece made me realize that I need to communicate my philosophy to all those who are joining this blog. I spend more than three hours per day, 7 days per week, studying facts, trends, ideas, logic behind changes and possibilities for the future. I regard it as my job to uncover the facts and the likely outcome of the trends, so that I and all my friends and clients will be aware of developments and can avoid potential disasters as well as take full advantage of opportunities. I see it as my job to tell the truth as clearly as I can and not hold back anything. In addition, if I should be wrong, I would welcome correction.
The truth is, that even in bad times, changes create opportunities as well as losses. My goal is to take full advantage of the opportunities as they come, so that we can prosper in changing and difficult times, be a help and a blessing to others, and ultimately to our great Republic, which was founded to give political protection to our God-given rights.
There is one thing in which I heartily agree with this individual. There is no reason to ever become discouraged or give up. There are always plenty of reasons to look forward, to look up, and to do the best we can with our God-given intelligence, resources and opportunities. I believe myself to be a realist and an optimist. It seems completely misdirected to give people hope by denying reality. I would rather tell it like it is and give them hope by sharing the understanding, the resources, and the opportunities to do something positive and make things better. I hope you find that approach to life is beneficial.